Open Mendeley Desktop from the start menu. On a Desktop@UCL PC you should choose to ignore any windows offering updates.
You might be presented with a window prompting you to download the Web Importer and /or the Word plugin. If you have not already installed these, follow the on-screen instructions. These tools will allow you to use Mendeley to its full functionality.
The upper pane on the left side shows options for organising your library. Here you will find groups and folders for recently added references, Favourites, any folders you create, and more. In the lower pane you will see options for filtering your references.
At the top left corner you will see some menus and shortcut icons for performing tasks such as adding references, exporting references, synchronising your library, checking for duplicates and more. There is also a link to help pages.
The pane on the right side has three tabs:
When you open Mendeley, your library will be displayed. The central section will list your references; if no references have been added this section will be empty
At the top right corner is a search box which can be used to find references within your own library.
Mendeley Desktop continues to be available but is no longer under development. For guidance on using the new Mendeley Reference Manager, Mendeley Cite and Mendeley Web, see our Mendeley guide.