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ReferenceChecker

Installation

Please note that ReferenceChecker has been discontinued and is no longer available for download. The instructions on this page pertain to re-installation of a licensed copy and to removal of ReferenceChecker from your computer.

Before installing

Some anti-virus programs, or Word itself, may warn you that the ReferenceChecker template could contain viruses. Please rest assured that it does not contain any viruses, trojans, worms, spyware, or any other malware. We do, however, recommend using a firewall and an anti-virus program.

It may be necessary for you to adjust Word’s security settings to allow ReferenceChecker to run properly:

In Word 2000:

From the top menu, select Tools/Macro/Security and ensure that Low is selected. Then click OK to return.

In Word 2003:

From the top menu, select Tools/Options/Security and click on Macro Security. Under Security Level, ensure that Low is selected, and in tab named Trusted Publishers, tick the option Trust all installed add-ins and templates. Then click OK to return.

If Word asks whether you want to enable macros when using ReferenceChecker, you should answer Yes; otherwise, ReferenceChecker will not work.

In Word 2007:

Click the multicoloured Office button in the top left. At the bottom of that menu, select Word Options.

On the list on the left-hand side, select Trust Center. On the right-hand side, select Trust Center Settings, and from the next menu select Enable all macros...
Click OK, and then OK again.

In Word 2010:

Under the tab File, click on Options. Then from the left-hand side menu, select Trust Center and click on Trust Center Settings. Under Macro Settings, ensure that the boxes Enable all macros... and Trust access to the VBA... are ticked. Then click OK and OK again to return to the main screen in Word.

IMPORTANT – all users:

After ensuring that Word is ready for ReferenceChecker, close Word and all Office programs. They must not be running during the ReferenceChecker installation process. We also recommend that you close any other programs, for example your e-mail client, Web browser, etc.

Windows 8 users:

After downloading and starting the installation process, if you are prompted with the message "Windows protected your PC. Windows SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk", please click on "More Info" and then "Run anyway".

To Install

  1. Click (or double-click) on the downloaded ReferenceChecker installer. The name of the installer for Word 2000 is ReferenceChecker_Wd2000.exe, while the installer for Word 2003 is ReferenceChecker_Wd2003.exe.
  2. Follow the on-screen prompts, clicking on Next to move to the licence agreement.
  3. To accept the agreement and install ReferenceChecker, click on the button labelled Yes. If you click on No, the installer will exit without installing ReferenceChecker files.
  4. If you accept the licence agreement, the installer displays the next screen, offering you the default installation directory and an option to change it. After you have decided where to install ReferenceChecker, click on Next to allow the installer to copy installation files the destination directory you have selected.
  5. When the installer has copied the files, it will start Word with a welcome message, explaining the next step. Click Set up to configure Word so that it recognises ReferenceChecker automatically when it next starts up.
  6. Click OK, when prompted with the “Set up completed” message. Word will then close automatically, finishing the installation.
  7. Restart Word. You should see a new ReferenceChecker button near the top of the screen. If this button does not appear, simply click View/Toolbars and make sure RefChecker is selected. (Alternatively, right-click anywhere on the toolbar at the top and make sure RefChecker is selected.)
  8. Now you’re ready to go. To start ReferenceChecker, simply click the ReferenceChecker button or press Alt+F2, or Alt Gr+F12 – both key combinations are configured automatically.

IMPORTANT – all users:

After installing ReferenceChecker, please check that Word's macro security level is set to low (trust all add-ins). In addition, ensure that the ReferenceChecker button appears each time you launch Word. This requires "EditAB.dot" to be selected (ticked/checked) as a Word add-in. If this is not the case, you may need to configure it manually as described below; see also FAQ item 44.

Configuring ReferenceChecker as a Word Macro Manually

If you click on Cancel, instead of Set up in point 5 above, you will end the installation process and ReferenceChecker will not be "known" to Word as a macro. You can re-run the installer later and choose Set up, or you can configure Word to recognise ReferenceChecker as a macro manually.  

To configure Word manually:

  1. (a) Word 2000-2003 users: From Word’s drop-down menu at the top, click on Tools/Templates and Add-ins, which takes you to the dialog box named Templates and Add-ins. Here, in the lower section, under Global templates and add-ins,  add the template by clicking on the Add button (this button pops up another dialog box that lets you find the template; see screen shots below).
    (b) Word 2007 users: Click the multicoloured Office button top left. At the bottom of that menu, select Word Options. On the list on the left-hand side, select Add Ins. At the bottom of the dialog box, under Manage, choose Word Add-Ins, then Go. Then, in the lower section of the dialog box named Templates and Add-ins, under Global templates and add-ins, add the template by clicking on the Add button (this button pops up a another dialog box that lets you find the template).


  1. Find the directory to which you installed the ReferenceChecker distribution files, select the template EditAB.dot and click on OK (see screen shot below). You’ll now see the template listed under Global templates and add-ins in the Word dialog box Templates and Add-ins.

  1. Make sure the box next to the name of the template is ticked. Click on OK. Now you’re ready to go.

To Uninstall ReferenceChecker

ReferenceChecker has a built-in uninstall file (an MS-DOS batch file called uninst_RC.bat), which can be found in the templates folder, in which the files were originally installed. Note that if you cannot view this templates folder in Windows Explorer, click Tools/Folder Options/View and then select Show hidden files and folders.

  1. Exit Word if it is running, then click on the file named uninst_RC.bat.
  2. Word will start automatically. When prompted, click on Remove and then on OK.
  3. Word closes automatically and all ReferenceChecker files are automatically removed from your PC, except for the aforementioned uninst_RC.bat, which must be deleted manually.