Installation of Microsoft Word plugin in Mendeley

I recently installed the free reference manager Mendeley. The desktop application is great so far with many nice features such as collaboration, a web app, iPad app, and a citation plug-in for Microsoft Word. However, when I tried to install the MS Word plugin on my computer, running a 64-bit Windows 7 Professional operating system and Microsoft Word 2010, the plug-in would not show up in the ribbon under References as  “Mendeley Cite-O-Matic”.

I searched the Mendeley support forum and found out that I was not alone having a problem with the automatic installation of the MS Word plug-in from the Tools menu. The solution for me was a slight modification of one of the Mendeley agent’s suggested solutions:

1) Install MS Word plugin from the Tools menu in Mendeley Desktop.

2) Browse to C:\Users\[YourUserProfile]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\Startup

(The path might be slightly different on your machine. Remember also that the AppData folder is hidden. To make this folder visible, click Organize in the window toolbar -> Folder and search options -> View tab -> Hidden files and folders -> Show hidden files, folders, and drives)

3) Copy the file Mendeley-1.7.1.dotm

(Alternatively, you may also find this file in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Mendeley Desktop\wordPlugin folder)

4) Browse to C:\Users\[YourUserProfile]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\Autostart

5) Paste the file in the root of the folder.

6) Done!

The solution was to put the global template Mendeley-1.7.1.dotm in the Autostart folder instead of the Startup folder, which seems to be the normal folder for global templates from what I have read.

Please comment and let me know if this was helpful to you.

Cheers,

Samuel

 

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Ph.D. Student in the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University.

22 thoughts on “Installation of Microsoft Word plugin in Mendeley”

  1. Hi Samuel, have you ever heard about a software that would render a cartographic map of our Mendeley Bibliography ?
    – links between keywords, clouds of text from the abstracts…

    I found http://www.docear.org/ but its idea is more a mindmap model..

    thanks
    Stephane PhD student, France

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  2. Hi Stephane,

    no I haven’t come across the type of software you describe. I know Zotero has a timeline feature which is pretty neat, even though that’s not what you’re looking for. Thanks for the tip about Docear, I haven’t heard about it before. I will check it out.

    Best,
    Samuel

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    1. Thank you so much! It worked!

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    1. i tried your method above, but i got a ActiveX runtime error 429, when i clicked on the Reference tab in Word 2010. this is how i went about it to resolve it…

      on the runtime error dialogue box i clicked “End” and i closed Word

      In Mendeley i uninstalled the word plugin from Tools menu.

      On my windows explorer i navigated to …
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Mendeley Desktop\wordPlugin
      copied the file ….
      Mendeley-1.14.dotm
      And pasted it on ….
      C:\Users\[USERPROFILE]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\AddIns

      Note that if you are not on administrative profile, Windows may prompt you for Admin right profile to paste the file.

      once done, close the explore window, go Mendeley window, tool and instal Word plugin. in split second it should be done. then open your Word, click Reference and your Mendeley cite-O-matic functionalities should be able to work with no error

      My environment is Windows 8.1 64 bit
      Your ideas up there were very useful for me to be able to get to this point of solving the error i was encountering. thank you so much.

      All the best
      Obor

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      1. The post and this reply were super helpful for me! Thank you!!

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  3. Thank a lot.
    Your solution works. I can fix it.

    Regard

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  4. A pesar de eso me sigue saliendo error 429 🙁

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  5. Dear Samuel, thanks for your reply. The problem is that the folder you describe is empty on my computer. It seems that the plugin hasn’t been installed at all. Do you have any other suggestion for me?

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    1. correction: the problem is that I cannot find the autostart folder on my computer. Any suggestions? thank you so much

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      1. Hi N, try searching for “location autostart folder” and your operating system – it should give you plenty suggestions on how to find it for your particular setup. Best of luck!

        Cheers,

        Samuel

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  6. Hello Samuel, thanks very much, your upload was very helpful.

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  7. Hello Samuel, thanks very much. It works.

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  8. Hi Samuel,

    Came across your post, thanks for your suggestions! My problem was that the language Mendeley is installed in (in my case, Dutch) makes the plugin create a folder in that same language (Dutch). So: I had to rename the folder where the Mendeley .dotm is saved to “Autostart”, and then it worked!

    Best wishes from the Netherlands,
    Anouschka

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  9. Hi Samuel,

    Thank you so much for the post! I was getting mad trying to solve this problem. I need this citation plugin as much as breathing, now that I’m writing my end-of-degree work.

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  10. It works!
    Remember to enable MACRO’s content when you start a document.

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  11. It really work. Just enable MACRO and it works. Thank alot marcos Pisching

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  12. Hi.Thank you very much.I had this problem too and you help me solving it…

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  13. Thank you very much Samuel! After 3 hours of non-funtional suggestions at the web, I found your advise and in a minute it worked!

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