Endnote: How to delete the grey background?

Normally, in Word, when hovering your cursor over an EndNote-linked piece of text, the background to the text will go grey. If you try to copy & paste that chunk of text, the grey background will also be copied, no matter what you do!

Once you paste it into Word, there is a little “clipboard” that appears until you do something else. Click on it and select, “text only” and it will remove the “hyperlink” and field information. — if it has italics, it might also remove that though.

If you just want the hyperlink gone, reformat the bibliography on the original document and turn off that option in the dialog. bottom, of the first tab, untick box. This will keep the endnote “field” but not the hyperlink.

As an alternative, make a copy of the original document and removed all the field links. This will break any link to Endnote though. This is an option remove field codes on the endnote toolbar. If you want the “field” info intact linking it to Endnote, and thus reformat-able and just don’t want your Word document to reflect it, you should turn off the “field highlighting” in word which is of 3 flavors. Only show when selected, always show, or never show. These are in the Word Options, advanced in Word 2010 accessible from the file menus.

Sigh. All great answers. but in my case copy editor has already edited the bibliography and NOW wants me to remove the hyperlinks (defined by squirrelly brackets {}) but the copy editor uses those too for comments, so i can’t remove them…. Argh!

via How to delete the grey background? – Thomson Reuters Community.

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Economist at Santa Clara University and Director of Friends of African Village Libraries.
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