"Added to library" does not sort


I am using EndNote X2.0.4 on Windows 8.1  The original installation was probably on Windows Vista, then Windows 8, and now Windows 8.1

My references do not sort correctly on the “added to library” column.  All references added after mid November 2013 are ignored during the sort and are found randomly scattered among the other references.  They also are not aligned correctly in the column - they appear to have a leading space compared to the other references.  The other references were all imported from earlier installations.  It is possible that this problem developed after the Windows 8.1 update but I am not positive that is the case.

I know “Added to library” is generally not considered an editable field.  Is there a way to fix this issue?  It is quite problematic.

Thank you for the assistance.

Unfortunately there are compatibility issues between your EndNote X2.0.4 version and Windows 8.


Per the Knowledge Base article  http://endnote.com/kb/107713

“EndNote X6.0.1 and later are compatible with Windows 8…EndNote versions prior to version X4 were no longer supported at the time of the Windows 8 release, and we do not plan on testing those older versions.”


You’ll need to upgrade your EndNote X2.0.4 to the current version for Windows 8 compatibility.

Thank you.  I was afraid there would be no fix.

Do you know if the recent entries will losing the leading space when imported into a newer version of Endnote (this one used to be my newer version…) or if the problem will persist now that it exists?

I upgraded my EndNote to 7.0.2 and the “date added” field for the most recently added items is still misaligned and does not sort on date.  Solutions would be greatly appreciated!

If the leading space is already in the individual EndNote records comprising your library the space is likely to remain when imported into a newer version of Endnote. The leading space will need to be manually removed or you could delete those records and import them again.  


If you wish to try EndNote X7 there’s a free 30-day trial version: http://endnote.com/downloads/30-day-trial

But refer to the Knowledge Base articles before upgrading for info to backup libraries and key files, and compatability with MS Word:


  1. “EndNote: Upgrade from an older version”,  http://endnote.com/kb/82130

  2. “EndNote: Purchasing an upgrade online and previous serial number”, http://endnote.com/kb/106484

  3. “EndNote & EndNote online: Word 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2013 Compatibility”, http://endnote.com/kb/107714

Also see the Whats New in EndNote X7 training video.


See other training videos at http://www.youtube.com/endnotetraining 

See the Live Training Calendar at http://endnote.com/training/calendar


Thank you.  As I said above, I’d already installed Endnote 7 and the problem persisted.  I finally solved it by treating it as a damaged library and using the Recover Library tool.