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User Interface

This section allows you to customize Zotero’s appearance.

Load Zotero in (Zotero for Firefox-only) - Select how Zotero integrates with the Firefox browser: via the default browser pane that allows you to browse in the same tab, via a dedicated tab, or via a Firefox App Tab.

Status bar icon (Zotero for Firefox-only) – Choose between different designs of the Zotero icon in the status bar, or hide the icon (the Zotero pane be opened with a keyboard shortcut).

Font size – Choose the font size of text in the Zotero interface.

Note font size - Choose the font size of text in notes.


Automatically check for updated translators – Allow Zotero to daily update its translators (translators allow Zotero to detect and save bibliographic data from different sites). To perform the update check manually, click the “Update now” button.

Report broken site translators – Allow Zotero to notify its developers when a translator fails to save an item. This information is submitted anonymously.

Allow zotero.org to customize content based on current Zotero version – Allow zotero.org to use information from the Zotero client to create a richer, more personalized user experience.

Use Zotero for downloaded RIS/Refer files – Many sites offer the option to download bibliographic data as RIS or Refer files. If you click on a download link to a RIS/Refer file, and this option is checked, Zotero will automatically intercept and import the file.

Automatically take snapshots when creating items from web pages – You can use the “Create New Item from Current Page” button in the Zotero toolbar to create an item for the current page. If this option is checked (it is by default), Zotero stores a snapshot of the page as an attachment to the new item.

Automatically attach associated PDFs and other files when saving items – Many journals offer both HTML and PDF versions of their full-text articles. If this option is selected, Zotero will automatically save PDFs (or sometimes other related files) as item attachments when you save items. This feature is disabled by default, as it can dramatically increase the disk space used by your library.

Automatically tag items with keywords and subject headings – Some repositories use tags to annotate and organize items (examples are the Library of Congress catalog, which includes subject headings, and the online version of the New York Times, which uses keywords). When this option checked, these annotations are attached to saved items as automatic tags.

Automatically remove items in the trash deleted more than … days ago - Change how soon items are automatically deleted from the trash.


By default, when you copy items between your personal library and a group library, or between different group libraries, any child notes, linked URIs, snapshots and other stored file attachments are copied along. By unchecking the “child notes”, “child snapshots and imported files” and/or “child links” check boxes, you can prevent one or more types of item attachments from being copied.