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EndNote Guide: EndNote for Mac

EndNote is a reference organiser and writing solution. It is the ideal, time-saving software to enable students to collect references and then use this library to add citations to a Word document

Download EndNote X8 for Mac

EndNote software is available for CDU staff and students. The current version available for Macintosh is X8.2

If you experience any problems downloading the EndNote Software please email us for assistance:

EndNote and OS 10.10 and later

Macintosh compatibility and system requirements

To update your Mac OS, go to "System Preferences/Software Update" or check


User Guides

EndNote Toolbar missing

For EndNote X7 and Word on Macintosh:

The simplest way to get the tools to appear is to open EndNote, and go to the EndNote menu. Select "Customizer" from the EndNote menu. Check the box in front of the "Cite While You Write" option. Click next until the Customizer is finished. Open a library then open Word and check the Tools menu for the EndNote submenu.

If you're not running Word 2011 or 2016, or these instructions don't work for you, please search the EndNote FAQ for instructions for your version (they don't allow linking to the answers) and for alternate methods.

How to use EndNote in 6 minutes (Mac version)

Troubleshooting EndNote for Mac

Mac OS information

Mac Sierra, High Sierra, and Mojave Users

MacOS versions 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra), and 10.14 (Mojave) contain features to save the contents of the Documents folder in iCloud and to "optimize" storage by storing less-used files only in iCloud online. EndNote libraries stored in iCloud, even when stored on both the hard drive and online, are subject to corruption over time. If you choose to store your documents in iCloud, we suggest creating a separate folder in your home folder and saving your EndNote libraries there.  Do not store EndNote libraries in iCloud or any other cloud-syncing folder, and do not store EndNote libraries in the Documents folder if you have selected the option to store documents in iCloud.

Tips for success:

  • EndNote libraries are made up of two parts: the .enl file and the .Data folder. These two parts must be kept together, both are needed for the library to work correctly.
  • EndNote libraries should be kept on your computer's hard drive. Storing and editing libraries on a network drive can lead to corruption and performance issues.

Problems with browsers

Safari and EndNote

We recommend you use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as your browser when using direct export from databases on a Mac.

These browsers allow you to specify how to handle the data when you initiate a direct export, permitting you to select the EndNote application.

There are known problems with the way Internet Explorer and current Safari browsers on a Mac OSX system handle MIME types, and this causes problems with the ability to directly export from certain websites into EndNote.

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