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Last Updated: Jul 22, 2017     Views: 26

You can save your complete library (the filename.enl file as well as its associated .Data folder and all of its contents) to a single compressed .enlx file in order to easily back up your library or send a copy to a colleague. Later, you can easily restore (unzip) the compressed library with EndNote. Note: This will only work if everyone is using Endnote X or later. 

To save to a compressed Endnote library file:

  1. Open the library in EndNote.
  2. Endnote X/X1: from the "File" menu, select "Send to" and then "Compressed Library". 
    Endnote X2 and later: from the "File" menu, select "Compressed Library (.enlx)" and then "Create".
  3. Use the file dialog to save to an EndNote Compressed Library (filename.enlx).

To restore a compressed Endnote library file:

  1. Use EndNote X or later to open the filename.enlx file, which will extract the .ENL file and the .Data folder to
    the same folder where the .enlx file is located.
  2. Use EndNote to open the filename.enl file as you normally would to use the library.

You may also wish to save a backup file of your Endnote library that is compatible with other reference mangers
like Mendeley:

  1. From the "File" menu select "Export".
  2. You'll want to select "XML" as the file type, and select your preferred output style.

To import -- Open Mendeley, and from the "File" menu select "Import" -- Endnote XML. Locate your saved file and select "Open".

or Refworks:

  1. From the "File" menu select "Save a Copy"
  2. Enter a file name and click "Save".

To import -- Open Refworks, and from the "References" menu,  select "Import". Select third option "From Endnote Database". Locate your saved file and select "Open"


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