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Mendeley: Using Mendeley with Microsoft Word

A guide to getting started with the Mendeley citation management program.

Microsoft Word Plug-In

Help from Mendeley: Using the Microsoft Word Plug-In with Mendeley

This resource will walk you through installing the plug-in and using it, including creating citations, changing citation styles, and editing citations.

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Using Mendeley with Microsoft Word

After installing Mendeley on your computer, you will be prompted to install a Microsoft Word Plug-In when you open Mendeley up for the first time. To ensure smooth installation, have all Microsoft Word windows closed when you install the plug-in. 

For detailed installation instructions from Mendeley, click here. For screenshot instructions, scroll down or click here.

Once you've installed the Plug-In, you should see the Mendeley toolbar underneath the 'References' Menu in your document. 

Microsoft Word References Tab with Mendeley Toolbar highlighted

For help inserting citations and bibliographies, see Mendeley's help documentation here.

For Mac users:

For all Mac users, be sure you have exited all the way out of Microsoft Word for a smooth installation. To quit out of Microsoft Word, Select the 'Word' menu at the upper left hand corner of the screen, and select 'Quit'. For some Mac users, depending on which version of Word you are using, you may not find the Mendeley toolbar underneath the 'References' menu. If you are not using Microsoft Word 2016, you will be able to find the Mendeley toolbar under View Toolbars Mendeley.

For additional questions, see Mendeley's help page here.

Installing the Citation Plug-in for Microsoft Word

The first time you open your Mendeley desktop, you'll be prompted to log in. After you log in, you'll see a pop up box that gives you the option to install the Citation Plug-in for Microsoft Word. This will allow you to use your Mendeley library to create citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word. For best results, be sure to close out of Microsoft Word before installing. Click Install.

Citation Plug-in for Microsoft Word Install button circled

After the Citation Plug-in is installed, click close.

If you need to uninstall or reinstall the Microsoft Word plug-in for citations, you can go to the Tools menu and select either 'Uninstall MS Word Plugin' or 'Reinstall MS Word Plug-in'. Mendeley will automatically toggle between the two options depending on whether or not the Plug-in is installed.

Uninstall MS Word Plug-in:

Uninstall MS Word Plug-in from Tools menu


Install MS Word Plug-in:

Install MS Word Plug-in from Tools menu