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Sharing RefWorks custom output styles

Hello all,

A question came up a few days ago about how to share a RefWorks custom output style. If you've ever created a custom output style before, you know that it's a lot of picky little detail work to make sure it comes out correctly. So, how can you send this style to someone else's RefWorks account, so that they can use it too?

Here's what to do:
1. From either the Tools or the References menu select Backup/Restore.
2. By default, all the available elements are selected. Uncheck all the boxes except for the custom style you want to share. Important - make sure you don't include your references in the backup, because if you do it will overwrite all the references in whatever account you import it to!
3. Click on Perform Backup.
4. Save the file when prompted. If you are not prompted to save the file, click the link that says "Click here to save your backup file" to download the backup to your computer. The default file name is a combination of our Group Code and your login name. It will be saved as a .zip or .rwb file extension. Do not change the extension of the file! This is the file you will send to other users who want to use the custom style.

For the person receiving the file with the custom output filter:
1. From either the Tools or the References menu select Backup/Restore.
2. Select the Restore option.
3. Browse for the appropriate back up file.
4. Select "Include Output Styles."
5. Click on "Perform Restore."

It appears to work like a charm - let me know if you have any questions.


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