The Zotero PDF Reader

This is draft documentation for the new PDF reader and note editor in the Zotero beta.

Adding Annotations to Notes

You can add annotations to notes in various ways. Annotations added to notes will automatically include links back to the PDF page as well as citations that you can later add to a Word, LibreOffice, or Google Docs document with one of the word processor plugins.

In the PDF reader

You can easily add annotations to notes right from the PDF reader.

First, use the Notes button in the top-right corner to open the Notes pane, where you can create a new note or open an existing note.

To create a new note from all annotations in the current PDF, click one of the “+” buttons and select Add Item Note from Annotations or Add Standalone Note from Annotations.

If you already have a note open in the Notes pane, you can drag individual annotations from the PDF or from Annotations tab in the left-hand sidebar as you type your note. Alternatively, you can select one or more annotations in PDF or in the the Annotations tab of the left-hand sidebar, right-click one of the annotations, and select Add to Note.

You can also drag annotations from the PDF reader to a note that's opened in a separate window.

If you're sure you won't use a quote more than once, it's also possible to add quotes to Zotero notes without creating an annotation first. Simply select text in the PDF and drag it to an open Zotero note.

In the items list

You can create a note from all annotations in a PDF by right-clicking on the parent item in the items list and choosing Add Note from Annotations.

Working with Annotations in Notes

Displaying Annotation Colors

To show annotation colors in your note, click the “…” button in the top-right corner of the note editor and select “Apply Annotation Colors”. You can remove colors later with “Remove Annotation Colors”.