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attaching_files [2019/08/13 21:56]
dstillman [Adding Files]
attaching_files [2019/11/23 00:20] (current)
dstillman [Stored Files and Linked Files]
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 If you have standalone files in your library, you make them into child items by dragging them onto a regular Zotero item, using the [[retrieve_PDF_metadata|Retrieve PDF Metadata]] function, or right-clicking on the standalone attachment and choosing "​Create Parent Item". If you have standalone files in your library, you make them into child items by dragging them onto a regular Zotero item, using the [[retrieve_PDF_metadata|Retrieve PDF Metadata]] function, or right-clicking on the standalone attachment and choosing "​Create Parent Item".
  
-===== File Copies ​and Links =====+===== Stored Files and Linked Files =====
  
-Files can be added to your Zotero library as either ​copies ​or linksWith copiesa copy of the original file is stored ​in the [[zotero_data|Zotero data directory]]. File copies are synced ​if [[sync|file syncing]] ​has been set up. In contrastwhen a file is linked, Zotero only stores a link to the location of the original file. Linked files are not synced.+Files can be added to your Zotero library as either ​stored files or linked files. 
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 +Stored fileswhich are the default, are stored ​within ​the [[zotero_data|Zotero data directory]], and Zotero will automatically manage them, including deleting them if you delete the attachment item in Zotero. If you use [[sync|file syncing]], ​Zotero will automatically sync stored files between devices and make them available in your online library on zotero.org. If you add stored file from a file on your computer, the file is copied to the Zotero data directory, so you may wish to delete the original to avoid confusion. 
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 +With linked ​files, Zotero only stores a link to the location of the original file on your computer. Linked files are not synced, nor are they deleted if the attachment item is deleted in Zotero. The third-party [[http://​zotfile.com/​|ZotFile]] plugin can help with a linked-file workflow.
  
 If you have linked files and you are using Zotero on multiple computers, it is a good idea to set the [[preferences/​advanced#​Linked_Attachment_Base_Directory|linked attachment base directory]] so that linked files can be correctly found on each computer. If you have linked files and you are using Zotero on multiple computers, it is a good idea to set the [[preferences/​advanced#​Linked_Attachment_Base_Directory|linked attachment base directory]] so that linked files can be correctly found on each computer.
  
 +If you wish to convert linked files to stored files in order to allow Zotero to manage them, you can do so from the File → Manage Attachments menu.
 ===== Adding Files ===== ===== Adding Files =====
  
attaching_files.1565747817.txt.gz · Last modified: 2019/08/13 21:56 by dstillman