Slow Citation Insertion

May 12, 2011

Slow insertion of citations can be a problem – especially with long documents. This is in part because by default EndNote not only inserts the bibliography (as in older versions) – but also creates a hidden hyperlink from each citation to its reference. This considerably increases the processing involved.


  • The easiest solution is to turn off instant formatting (see the Introductory EndNote handout page 15 (Word 2016/2013/2010/2007) or the bottom of page 17 (Mac Word 2011). You can control when you want to format the document by clicking Update Citations and Bibliography.
  • Another alternative is to try turning off the hyperlinking:
    1. In Word, go to the EndNote tab/toolbar, select: the Configure Bibliography  (Word 2016/2013/2010/2007) box, or Bibliography: Configure Bibliography (Mac Word 2011)
    2. On the Format Bibliography tab – untick: Link in-text citations to references in the bibliography, and click OK.

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