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Endnote X7 Error "This file is in use. Enter a new name or close the file that's open in another program."

Hi,

 

I'm using Endnote X7 in Windows 7. When I try to open my library, this alert comes up:

"This file is in use. Enter a new name or close the file that's open in another program."

I closed every open PDF or Word document and even my running programs, but nothing changed.

Does anyone know how I can regain access to my library?

Thx,

AK1

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Re: Endnote X7 Error "This file is in use. Enter a new name or close the file that's open in another program."

I have the same problem. I have tried to open the file from within Endnote and also from the file list.

 

The library has disappeared from the recently used libraries dropdown as well.

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Re: Endnote X7 Error "This file is in use. Enter a new name or close the file that's open in another program."

where did the library reside?  on a cloude drive?  

(long time Endnote user)
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Re: Endnote X7 Error "This file is in use. Enter a new name or close the file that's open in another program."

I have the same problem in both EndNote 7 and Reference Manager 12.  It is preventing me from importing references from the journal/publisher's website.  Help!

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Re: Endnote X7 Error "This file is in use. Enter a new name or close the file that's open in another program."

My solution to this problem has been to copy the library file and and the data folder and giving the copies another name than the original and then opened the copy with the new name in EndNote. In my cases the new library can be opened without problem.

 

Best wishes

 

Jan Ove

Jan Ove Rein, M.Sc. (zoology)
Senior Research Librarian (medicine)
Medicine and Health Library
Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU)
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Re: Endnote X7 Error "This file is in use. Enter a new name or close the file that's open in another program."

I have the same problem in X8.01.

It started after I had installed X8.01 on a laptop and was syncing from my on-line library. After about 1600 refs, most of them with associated pdf documents, the library window disappeared and all attempts to re-open this library failed with the above error message.

Restarting EndNote or restarting the laptop (Windows 10) did not help.

Attempts to use the Recover library function resulted in "0 references recovered" without any other error message.

Repairing EndNote from the installation files also did not help.

Copying the .data and .enl files to another folder and renaming them (a trick which has been reported to help in several cases) also did not help.

 

Any suggestions?

 

Finn-Mogens Haug

Professor emeritus

Institute of Basic Medical Sciences

University of Oslo

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Re: Endnote X7 Error "This file is in use. Enter a new name or close the file that's open in another program."

I have the same problem in X8.01.

I had installed X8.01 on a laptop and was syncing from my on-line library. After about 1600 refs, most of them with associated pdf documents, the library window disappeared and all attempts to re-open this library failed with the above error message.

Restarting EndNote or restarting the laptop (Windows 10) did not help.

Attempts to use the Recover library function resulted in "0 references recovered" without any other error message.

Repairing EndNote from the installation files also did not help.

Copying the .data and .enl files to another folder and renaming them (a trick which has been reported to help in several cases) also did not help.

 

Any suggestions?

 

Finn-Mogens Haug

Professor emeritus

Institute of Basic Medical Sciences

University of Oslo

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Re: Endnote X7 Error "This file is in use. Enter a new name or close the file that's open in another program."

[ Edited ]

I have had a very similar problem (not absolutely identical) with X8 and ... the solution which we arrived at could also address similar issues. What caused my problem was importing a style not a reference, but I think this is a close enough issue to that described above and had the same error report on screen.

 

After going through exercise of copying the data folder and creating a new primary  .enl file I had a the above error report. So, after uninstalling and reinstalling Endnote three times (which regrettably I am a past master at! – heed the warning from TR… back up your Endnote files often!!!! Every time you add something to the library is a very good idea.) with various versions;   and an hour or so with my University's help desk's most experienced Endnote user (Simon has been using it since version 3, 15 versions ago!), we ended up resolving the problem.

 

What appears to be occurring is that when Endnote is importing it minimises the active window for the active .enl file, such that you can’t see it or find the active window  either within Endnote or Windows. By copying the original folders and files into new files and folders (a copied data folder of the original folder and a new 'file.enl' created in Notepad) then importing (not using the Recover Library function – although this could also work)  from the original .enl file, then clicking on the Window tab in Endnote and selecting Tile Vertically, hey presto... the desired .enl file displayed on the screen,  with the imported references that appear to have caused the problem added in. (The cause may be a range of things ranging from poor coding to a dodgy API or some other challnge from the cosmos with the latest version X8).

 

I hope this helps others! 

 

John Noonan

Curtin University

Western Australia

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Re: Endnote X7 Error "This file is in use. Enter a new name or close the file that's open in another program."

The exact problem just happened to me in EndNote X9 while I was editing the output style. I could not open my main library anymore. 

The solution to me was open or create any other library, then edit the same output style again, close the editing window then open the library that was "in use". 

 

Hope this helps anyone who encounter to this problem.