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


This guide shows you how to Install Mendeley Reference Manager, which 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. Access Mendeley securely on any computer via desktop client, web browser, or mobile app. Your cloud-backed library is always at your fingertips. 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. Download it from the following link.


Click on the download. Observe the ongoing download of the DMG file. Mendeley is also available for Windows and Linux as shown below.

Install Mendeley Reference Manager

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.

Install Mendeley Reference Manager

With Mendeley installed, sign in through your institution or your registered account. 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 Mendeley 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.

Install Mendeley Cite

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

Install Mendeley Cite for Microsoft Word

Upon completing this step, you’ll be directed to the download page for 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.

Install Mendeley cite to start using Mendeley reference manager

Sign in to your Microsoft account

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

sign in to your microsoft account

Open in Word

After signing in, the window below will appear. Click on Open in Word.

click on open in word

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

Click on open Microsoft Word to start add Mendeley cite on word

Launch the Mendeley Cite Add-in

As you can see, there is a new Office 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”.

click on trust add-in to enable Mendelaey Cite

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

Mendeley Cite is now enabled

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.

you can start using Mendeley Reference manager

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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