Why are my citations slow to insert and how can I fix it?

December 21, 2021

Slow insertion of citations can be a problem – especially with long documents on older machines. 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 14). 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 box.
    2. On the Format Bibliography tab – untick: Link in-text citations to references in the bibliography, and click OK.

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