ENW File Extension

ENW file icon
EndNote Import Format
  • Developer
    Thomson Reuters
  • Category
  • Popularity
    2.8 (8 votes)

What is ENW file?

Files with ENW extension are created by EndNote, a software tool for managing citations. ENW files store bibliographical citations data and information about used schema, including author, title, company, keywords, and publication.

Limited popularity of ENW format

ENW files are used much these days as it is more common to stored citations data using XML or HTML formats. Newer versions of EndNote export libraries into files with ENL extension, but they still support the ENW format.

EndNote tags

ENW is basically a text file that uses EndNote tags to store data, for example, %A – author, %T – title .

Programs which support ENW file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 2 operating systems that support ENW files. Files with ENW 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 ENW file

Windows Windows
MAC OS MAC OS

Updated: 02/26/2020

How to open file with ENW extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening ENW files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to EndNote Import Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install EndNote

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening ENW files is that no program that can handle ENW files is installed on user’s system. The solution is straightforward, just download and install EndNote. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support ENW files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. 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. Check the version of EndNote and update if needed

If the problems with opening ENW files still occur even after installing EndNote, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software.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. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that EndNote cannot handle files with ENW may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using EndNote.

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

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate ENW files with latest version of EndNote you have installed on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the ENW file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • 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 ENW files box and clicking OK button.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with ENW extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select EndNote and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with ENW extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the ENW is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the ENW file in question. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. Verify that the ENW in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the ENW file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. ENW file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

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

Did you receive the ENW 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. It could happen the the download process of file with ENW extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

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

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle EndNote

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with ENW extension. In this case close the other applications.

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

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with EndNote Import Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle ENW files.

Conversion of a ENW file

File Conversions from ENW extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to ENW file
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