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EndNote Guide: Convert to plain text

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EndNote 21 for MAC

EndNote 20 for Windows

You will be asked for your UC login.

For PC users:

To install EndNote 20, double click on the EndNote20.exe file downloaded from the above link.  Extract this file file onto your desktop by clicking on the the three ... and selecting your Desktop.  This will create two new files, EN20Inst.msi and License.dat. Double click on EN20Inst.msi to start the install. The license.dat file must be present in the same folder.

Additional Files

The Library provides some modified and additional Filters and Styles.

Note that any zipped files need to be 'unzipped' i.e. right-click and choose the extract command. Copy these files to your EndNote file folder location.

If you just need the APA 7th style, note that this is not 'zipped'. Just save it into your styles folder.

C:/Progam Files (x86)/EndNote 20/Styles


Covert to Plain Text

  • If EndNote refuses to format only a few references in your essay, it may be quicker to remove the field codes and edit the difficult references by hand, than by modifying your EndNote Library and the Style you have selected
  • If you are going to submit an electronic copy of a paper to a publisher
  • If you want to open your paper in different versions of Word


When field codes are removed, the link to the EndNote library is removed. This should only be done as a last step, after the document has been formatted in the style you selected. The document is saved as a copy and converted to formatted text. The document cannot be reformatted later.

To remove field codes

  • Open the formatted paper in Word
  • Copy the document if it is your master copy
  • Continue with the copied document
  • Select  EndNote 20 > Convert to Plain Text (under the Convert Citations and Bibliography drop down menu)

Keep the original document, as it is the master copy that you will have to use if you wish to add or remove any references using EndNote.