ENL File Extension

ENL file icon
EndNote Library
  • Developer
    Thomson Reuters
  • Category
  • Popularity
    4 (2 votes)

What is ENL file?

ENL filename suffix is mostly used for EndNote Library files. Thomson Reuters defined the EndNote Library format standard. ENL file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Mac OS, Windows system platform. ENL file format, along with 1326 other file formats, belongs to the Data Files category. The most popular program for handling ENL files is EndNote, but users can choose among 1 different programs that support this file format. EndNote software was developed by Thomson Reuters, and on its official website you may find more information about ENL files or the EndNote software program.

Programs which support ENL file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 2 operating systems that support ENL files. Files with ENL extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support ENL file

Windows Windows

How to open file with ENL extension?

Problems with accessing ENL may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with ENL files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Get the EndNote

Problems with opening and working with ENL files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with ENL files being present on your machine. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download EndNote and install it on your device. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit EndNote website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update EndNote to the latest version

If the problems with opening ENL files still occur even after installing EndNote, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of EndNote is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of EndNote installed, it may not support ENL format. The latest version of EndNote should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open ENL files to EndNote

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate ENL files with latest version of EndNote you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the ENL file
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the EndNote installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open ENL files box and clicking OK button.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected ENL file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with ENL extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the ENL for errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the ENL file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. Check the ENL file for viruses or malware

If the ENL is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. ENL file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Ensure the file with ENL extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the ENL file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. If the ENL file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle EndNote

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support ENL files. Close all running programs and try opening the ENL file.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with EndNote Library files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with ENL files affecting older versions of given software.

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