Install Mendeley Reference Manager: How to integrate Mendeley Cite for Microsoft Word on Mac


Mendeley is a referencing management tool that allows you to easily organize and search your personal library, annotate documents and cite as you write. Mendeley’s word processor plugin works with Microsoft Word, Libre Office, and other popular word processors. Mendeley can be securely accessed on any computer through the desktop client, web browser, or using mobile app. Your library is backed up in the cloud and always available to you. Here are some articles you might be interested in: How to install Oracle VirtualBox on a Mac device, how to use Prometheus for Monitoring, how to prevent emails from going into a junk folder in Office365, and M365 Backup: Why is it imperative to protect Microsoft Office 365?

I recently installed office and had the need to reinstall Mendeley Cite for Microsoft Word. In this guide, I will be showing you the steps to install and integrate it. Here are some Microsoft office related guides: How to install and activate Office 2019 on your Mac PC, how to Fix Microsoft Excel Crash Issue, How to Cancel Office 365 Family Subscription, and Remove the Office license file: How do you change the account that Office says it belongs to on a Mac.

Download Mendeley Reference Manager

To install and use Mendeley Cite for Microsoft Word, you will have to register, download, install, and run Mendeley Reference Manager. This can be downloaded from the following link.


Click on the download. As you can see, the DMG file is being downloaded. Mendeley is also available for Windows and Linux as shown below.


After downloads, you will have to double-click on the dmg file, and a new window will open up as shown below. All you need to do is move the Mendeley Reference Manager into the Application folder as shown below.


Now that Mendeley has been installed, you can either sign in via your institution or via the account your registered with. To use Mendeley Cite you’ll need a free Mendeley account. If you do not already have an account, you can click on the following link to register.


Install Menley Cite for Microsoft Word

Mendeley Cite speeds up the process of referencing when writing, giving researchers the tools to quickly and easily insert references from their Mendeley library directly into their Microsoft Word document.

Note: To install the plugin Word both Word and Outlook must be closed first. Next, open the Mendeley Desktop App.

To proceed with the installation, Open the Mendeley Desktop, go to the Tools menu and select “Install Mendeley Cite for Microsoft Word”.


With this, you will be redirected to the following page to download Mendeley Cite. Click on “Get it Now“.

This add-in works in Word on iPad, Word 2016 or later on Windows, Word 2016 or later on Mac, and Word on the web.


You will be required to sign in. I did use my Microsoft account. If you do not already have an account, you can click on “Sign up for a free account”.


Upon sing in, the window below will be prompted. Click on Open in Word.


Please click on “Open Microsoft Word” as shown below.


As you can see, there is a new Ofice Add-in. Since this Add-in comes from a different source, you will need to trust it. All you need to do is click on “Trust this add-in”.


As you can see below, the Mendeley Cite has successfully been integrated with Microsoft Word.


Henceforth, you can start using Mendeley Cite. Once you sign in to Mendeley Cite, your Mendeley library is downloaded from the cloud. The Mendeley Cite add-in for Word can be used without having your reference manager open or even installed. It allows you to insert individual or multiple references and automatically create a bibliography from the citations you’ve inserted.


Below are some features of Mendeley

  • Search for references in your Mendeley library and insert them easily into the document you’re working on
  • Select and insert individual or multiple references at once
  • Create edits to your references within your citations
  • Create a bibliography from all the references you’ve cited
  • Change to any of your preferred citation styles, including custom styles
  • Easily convert your documents made with the Mendeley Desktop citation plugin to work with Mendeley Cite.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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