Q. I can't seem to delete in-text citations. I delete the Write-n-Cite code but when I format the document the reference reappears. What am I doing wrong?

Answer

Write-n-Cite III and Write-n-Cite 4 insert a lot of code that isn't visible in the Word document. You can't delete this code by simply deleting the visible code in the Word document.

To delete an entire in-text citation (including all references within the in-text citation) when using Write-N-Cite III or 4:

  1. Insert extra spaces around the citation
  2. Drag your cursor from one side of the in-text citation to the other including the extra spaces.
  3. Delete the entire citation by hitting the "delete" key or the backspace key on your keyboard.
  4. If the entire citation is not deleted in a single keystroke, the {{}} placeholders may be retained as invisbile code and cause "length is null or not an object" messages or other similar error message will appear.


To delete one reference from a multi-reference  in-text citation when using Write-n-Cite 4:

  1. Click inside a citation.
  2. Click on the "Insert citation" icon and select the "Insert New" option.
  3. The "Insert/Edit Citation" box will appear.  
  4. In the "Compose Citation" box, select the reference you wish to remove and click the "-" button.


To delete one reference from a multi-reference  in-text citation when using Write-n-Cite III:

1. In Word, place your cursor in the code or in the formatted citation of interest.
2. In Write-n-Cite III, click on "Edit Citation" (The "Edit Citation" link is in tiny print and appears very near the upper right-hand corner of the Write-n-Cite III window.)
3. A "Citation Editor" pop-up window will appear. The window will contain a "Preview" of your formatted citation. Below the preview area is a list of the references in the in-text citation of interest.
4. Find the reference you wish to remove and click on the "Remove" link for this reference.
5. Close the "Citation Editor" pop-up.
6. Remember to save your Word document to make the change permanent.

 

 

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  • Last Updated Dec 25, 2016
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  • Answered By Cindy Schmidt

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