EndNote Desktop

This tutorial will walk you through using the latest desktop version of EndNote.

File Back Up

Backing up your EndNote files is essential to securely save all your hard work.

Each EndNote Library contains two components - an .enl file plus.data folder- always back up both into same folder.

  • .ENL file plus a corresponding  .DATA folder.

Backup your Library:

  • Compressed Library command under File menu. Saves both components as a .enlx file.  (preferred backup)
  • or Save a Copy command under File menu 

Compress or save a copy of your library to a removable disk (or another drive) for safekeeping.

Save a compressed copy

  1. Go to File > Compressed Library (.enlx)
  2. Make the appropriate selections and click Next.
  3. You can keep the same file name and/or rename the file and navigate to the place where you want to save the file.
  4. Click Save.

If you elected to Create & Email the library, EndNote will launch your default email system, create a new email and attach the compressed file to the email.

Restore a compressed library

  1. Double-click on the .enlx file.
  2. The .enl library and .data folder will be extracted to the same folder where the .enlx file is located.
  3. Open the .enl library in Endnote to use.