Tutorials: Setting up Mendeley on Windows for OneDrive syncing

This video describes why and how to transfer the Mendeley database and Pdf articles from the Mendeley folder inside your favorite Cloud folder (here, OneDrive, for the example).

Prerequisite:

This tutorial requires a free software called SymLink Creator, available at the following address: http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/System/System-Enhancements/Portable-Symbolic-Link-Creator.shtml

Summary of the steps:

  • Close Mendeley
  • Go to your User's folder and make sure the AppData folder is visible. If not, go to the View tab and tick the Hidden items checkbox.
  • Now that AppData is visible, go to AppData/Local/Mendeley Ltd/ and move the folder Mendeley Desktop to your Cloud folder (either Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive).
  • Install SymLink Creator
  • Open SymLink Creator and Choose the following type in step 1: Folder symbolic link
  • In the Link Folder panel, choose /Users/YOUR-USER-NAME/AppData/Local/Mendeley Ltd/
  • Give the name Mendeley Desktop to your link
  • In destination folder: choose the location in your Cloud where you just moved the Mendeley Desktop folder (see 3rd step).
  • Select Directory Junction as the type of link you want to create
  • Create Link (and close SymLink Creator)
  • Open Mendeley
  • In the menu, go to Tools/Options/File Organizer
  • Tick the "Organize my files" checkbox
  • Choose the following directory to copy files to: /PATH-TO-CLOUD/Mendeley Desktop/Downloaded/. (If this folder does not exist, create it first).
  • That's all, folks!

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