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References appear in the wrong font in Word/LibreOffice

The word processor plug-ins apply the “Default” (LibreOffice/OpenOffice) or “Normal”/“Standard” (Word) style to generated citations and the paragraph in which they are inserted. The bibliography is rendered in a different style — “Bibliography” (Word) or “Reference1” (LibreOffice/OpenOffice). As a result, inserting a citation with Zotero can remove formatting (such as indents, line-spacing, font size, etc.) from an entire paragraph and the citation can appear in an unwanted font or format. You can correct the formatting by adjusting the “Default/Normal/Standard” style (for citations) and the “Bibliography/Reference1” style (for the bibliography) in your word processor.

Solutions

Word 2002 & 2003

If your styles and formatting toolbar is open (it is a pull-down menu with a list of labels such as “Normal”, “Body Text”, “Heading 1”) you can simply right-click on the “Normal” or “Bibliography” style and format it. Otherwise, select “Styles and Formatting” from the Formatting toolbar or the Format Menu. See here for the official Microsoft instructions, and here for a longer guide with screenshots.

Word for Windows 2007 and later

Place your cursor in a Zotero citation or bibliography. Then, choose the dropbown button in the bottom right corner of the Quick Style picker on the “Home” tab and choose “Modify Style”. Make the necessary changes to the font and paragraph formatting for the “Normal” or “Bibliography” styles and click “OK”. You can also change the formatting for individual citations using the options in the “Font” and “Paragraph” groups of the “Home” tab. See here for a guide with screenshots.

Word for Mac 2008 and later

Place your cursor in a Zotero citation or bibliography. Then, click the Styles Pane button at the end of the “Home” tab. Click the Current Style title at the top of the pane and choose “Modify Style”. Make the necessary changes to the font and paragraph formatting for the “Normal” or “Bibliography” styles and click “OK”. You can also change the formatting for individual citations using the options in the “Font” and “Paragraph” options in the “Format” menu. See here for a guide with screenshots.

LibreOffice/OpenOffice

In LibreOffice, open the styles manager in “Format” –> “Styles and Formatting” or by hitting F11 (F12 in OpenOffice). Right click on “Default” or “Bibliography”, select “Modify”, and make the desired changes to this style.

kb/word_default_font.txt · Last modified: 2017/11/20 09:19 by bwiernik