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EndNote Guide: EndNote for MAC users

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EndNote X8 for MAC OS X

EndNote X8 for Windows

The current version is EndNote X8. Once you have installed the download from this page you will get automatic prompts when updates are available. You will be asked for your UC login.



Student Workrooms

EndNote X7 is available on the workroom Macintosh machines. No extra installation should be necessary. Style, Filters and Connection files are linked to the Library Volume and will be updated automatically as needed.

Other on-campus installations

Ask your Mac Support consultant to install EndNote for you from the CANTM1 distribution server.

Once this is done you will need to update the Connection, Style and Filter files by copying the folders from the EndNote Extras folder and loading them into the corresponding existing folders inside the EndNote folder on your own computer.

Check with your consultant if you are unsure about how to do this. You should also reload these files from time to time, as they will be updated by the Library as databases are changed, added, replaced or deleted.

Your own MAC

Download the software from the EndNote Software page . If by any chance you cannot download the software, you can borrow the EndNote installation CD-ROM from the ICT Service Desk. You'll be asked to show your UC ID. Install the software following the instructions on the EndNote disc.


  • Mac OS X (10.3.6 - 10.4.x) - EndNote 9 or higher
  • Mac OS X (10.5 +) (Leopard) - EndNote XI or higher


  • PowerPC Macintosh 450MHz or higher
  • Hard disk with 180 MB available
  • Minimum 256 MB of available RAM
  • Internet connection required to search Internet databases
  • EndNote files are compatible across Windows and Macintosh platforms.

EndNote is compatible with the following word processors:

  • Cite While You Write: Microsoft Word X¹, 2004, 2008², 2016
  • RTF Document Scan: works with RTF (Rich Text Format) files created by many word processors including OpenOffice, FrameMaker, AppleWorks and more.
  • X7 is compatable with all the latest Word versions - you will need the upgrade released in February 2016 if you use Word 2016.

A note re direct import and Safari

The company that supplies EndNote notes that the Safari browser will not seamlessly allow direct export into EndNote - apparently there is a security setting in Safari which prevents this. However, there is a method that apparently works nearly as well; they provide the following details:

'It is possible to use Direct Export with Safari under the Mac OS. When the file is downloaded from whichever database you are using, simply drag the file to the EndNote icon on the Dock. EndNote will then open and prompt for the Library in which to import the file. It is not as seamless as the 'normal' Windows process, but it does work.'

Firefox and Chrome Browsers

MAC computers might need for the file extentions to be recognized.  

Open the Finder and the location of the downloaded Endnote files.  Select a .ris (Default EndNote) file, .ciw (Web of Science) file or an .enw (Google Scholar) file.

Select the Get Info from the File Menu. 

In the Open with section click the applications selection bar.

Select EndNote from the Applications Folder

Make sure the Always Open With is selected. 

Click on Add.

Click on the Change All... button





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