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dstillman [File Copies and Links]
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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, nor are they deleted if the attachment item is deleted in Zotero.+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.
  
 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.txt · Last modified: 2019/10/30 15:38 by dstillman