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EndNote for Mac

Saving options

Using your own computer

  • Save your EndNote library to the computer hard drive‚Äč
  • This creates an .enl file of references and a .Data folder containing other information and saved pdfs
  • Both are essential, do not delete the .Data folder

Using a student computer on campus

  • Save your library temporarily to the desktop while you create a backup which can be
    • Downloaded to a USB stick
    • Emailed to yourself
    • Uploaded to the cloud, e.g., Dropbox, Google Drive (to minimise the chances of file corruption, copy the compressed .enlx file to the hard drive of your computer before opening it to add or edit references)

Once you have got your EndNote library set up you can also consider creating an EndNote Online account. This makes it easy to maintain a single consolidated library when working from multiple locations.

Make a backup

The backup process compresses .enl and .Data files into a single zipped file with an .enlx extension. This compressed file is easy to save to a USB stick, to an external drive, or to email to yourself.

Compress and backup

  • Open your library
  • Select File > Compressed Library (.enlx)

  • Choose from the options, click OK

  • Choose a location and save the file
  • The default will be a .enlx file with the same name as your original library. You can change or modify the name if you wish, e.g., by adding a date or version number

  • The compressed .enlx file is a good way to safely transfer both your .enl and .Data folders to another computer on a memory stick or by email attachment
  • If you need to use your backup, double-click the compressed .enlx library and it will unzip to produce the library .enl and .Data folders