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The Advanced pane has four tabs: “General”, “Files and Folders”, “Shortcuts”, and “Feeds”.



Set the language for the Zotero interface.


Here you can specify a different OpenURL resolver for use with Zotero's Library Lookup feature.

If you are on an institution network, you can click the “Search for resolvers” button. If Zotero finds an OpenURL resolver belonging to your institution, you can select it using the “Custom…” drop-down menu.

You can also enter an OpenURL URL by hand in the Resolver field. Most resolvers use OpenURL version 1.0, but 0.1 is still in use. Ask your librarian for more information, or check our own list of OpenURL resolvers.

Advanced Configuration

Click the “Config Editor” button to configure Zotero's hidden preferences.

Files and Folders

Linked Attachment Base Directory

If you store attached files in Zotero — the default — this setting does not affect you. It only applies to linked files.

This setting allows you to specify a base directory for linked files, so that links are functional on two computers with different directory structures (e.g., when a folder with linked files is synced through a service like Dropbox). For example, if the folder with your linked files is at /home/laptop/sync on your laptop and at /home/work/sync on your work computer, set those paths as the base directory on each respective machine. Zotero then only stores the links relative to that base directory, so the same “relative” links work on both computers.

Data Directory Location

By default, Zotero stores your data directory (which contains your library database, attachment files, and several other files) in your user home directory on your computer. This is the best location for most users, but it is possible to change the location. After changing the data directory location, Zotero will store newly created data in the new location.

Note, that Zotero will not, however, copy over existing data to the new location. If you want to keep your data, you need to move the files manually. Click the “Show Data Directory” button to open the Zotero directory in your computer's file browser. You will need to move the entire “Zotero” folder (including, 'zotero.sqlite', 'storage', 'styles', and all other files) to the new directory.

If you're using auto-syncing, you may want to disable it temporarily from the Sync pane of the Zotero preferences before changing the data directory. Otherwise, if you accidentally start Zotero with the wrong data directory set or before moving data, Zotero will attempt to pull down your entire library from the server.

Unsafe Data Directory Locations

There are several data directory locations that are potentially unsafe and likely to lead to database corruption or even data loss. If you use any of these setups, be sure to back up your Zotero data frequently.

Database Maintenance


This tab allows you to change Zotero's default keyboard shortcuts.

Any changes made to this page will only take effect after you restart Zotero. a new browser window is opened.

Windows Defaults

Create a New ItemCtrl-Shift-N
Create a New NoteCtrl-Shift-O
Focus Libraries Pane Ctrl-Shift-L
Quick SearchCtrl-Shift-K
Copy Selected Item Citations to ClipboardCtrl-Shift-A
Copy Selected Items to ClipboardCtrl-Shift-C
Toggle Tag SelectorCtrl-Shift-T
Mark All Feed Items As Read/UnreadCtrl-Shift-R

Mac OS X Defaults

Create a New ItemCmd-Shift-N
Create a New NoteCmd-Shift-O
Focus Libraries Pane Cmd-Shift-L
Quick SearchCmd-Shift-K
Copy Selected Item Citations to ClipboardCmd-Shift-A
Copy Selected Items to ClipboardCmd-Shift-C
Toggle Tag SelectorCmd-Shift-T
Mark All Feed Items As Read/UnreadCmd-Shift-R


This tab contains preferences for Zotero's Feeds feature.