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Hidden Preferences

You can edit most Zotero preferences through the Preferences window. However, the preferences window does not include all of the different ways you can customize your copy of Zotero. To view the the full list of Zotero's preferences, including many hidden preferences, type “about:config” into the Firefox location bar and enter “zotero” into the Filter field at the top of the list that comes up. In Zotero Standalone you can access about:config from the Advanced pane of the preferences. Preferences that can be safely changed by users are described below.

All Zotero hidden preferences are preceded by “extensions.zotero.”

General Preferences

These general hidden preferences allow you to refine your Zotero configuration.

Preference NameDefault ValueDescription
debug.logfalse Used for debugging Zotero. See [debug output].
debug.level5When debug.log is enabled, determines the lowest of the debug levels (1-5, with 5 being the lowest) that is displayed
debug.timefalseWhen debug.log is enabled, shows the milliseconds from the previous debug call
browserContentContextMenutrueBy default, Zotero will include various options to your Firefox context menu. If you set this to false, those context-dependent right-click options will no longer be available.
fontSize“1.0”This preference allows you to increase or decrease the size of text in the Zotero interface.
recursiveCollectionsfalseBy default, each of your collections displays only the items you have placed there. When you place a collection inside another collection, the contents of the second collection are not added to the first. If you enable recursive collections, items from subcollections will appear in all higher-level collections.
attachmentRenameFormatString'{%c - }{%y - }{%t{50}}'Zotero automatically renames attached files saved from translators. This string controls how those names are formatted. %c is creator, %y is year, %t is the title, the curly braces around each part mean “only include this part if the field specified inside is non-empty”and {50} means “truncate at 50 characters.” You can rearrange these to suit your needs.
capitalizeTitlestrueBy default, Zotero will recase titles of items you capture. Switch this preference to false and you will preserve case information for titles.
launchNonNativeFilesfalseBy default, Zotero will open any file stored inside Zotero through whatever means Firefox uses to launch that type of file. So, for example, if you click on a PDF in Firefox, the PDF might launch inside the browser using a PDF viewer plugin. If you switch this preference to true, Zotero will use your operating system to launch non-native files like PDFs instead of Firefox.
sortNotesChronologicallyfalseIf set to true, your notes will be sorted by the order you added them instead of alphabetically.
sortAttachmentsChronologicallyfalseIf set to true, your attachments will be sorted by the order you added them instead of alphabetically.
httpServer.enabledfalseIf set to true, Zotero in Firefox will be able to receive citations from Safari or Chrome with the Zotero Connector installed. See the knowledge base article on this feature.

Translator Preferences

These hidden preferences allow you to control some translator behavior (this does not currently apply to Chrome or Safari). They can be either general preferences that apply to all translators or translator-specific preferences (prefixed by the translator name) that affect only individual websites or bibliographic formats. All translator hidden preferences are preceded by “extensions.zotero.translators.”

Preference NameDefault ValueDescriptionApplies to
attachSupplementaryfalseTranslators should attempt to attach supplementary data when importing items.All web translators implementing this behavior
supplementaryAsLinkfalseSupplementary data attachments should be attached as links instead of being downloaded. This option has no effect if attachSupplementary is disabled. Setting this oprtion to “true” maintains the convenience of quick access to supplementary data, but speeds up saving items from the web.All web translators implementing this behavior
ACS.highResPDF0Determines which version of the Full Text PDF is attached: 0 - PDF w/ links; 1 - high res PDF; 2 - bothACS Publications
RIS.import.ignoreUnknownfalseDo not store values that cannot be mapped to Zotero fields in notes.RIS import translator
RIS.import.keepIDfalseDo not drop value from “ID -” tag. Can be used to find items in EndNote.RIS import translator

Full-Text Indexing

These preferences deal with Zotero's ability to create full-text indexes from imported files.

Preference NameDefault ValueDescription
search.useLeftBoundtrueThis preference determines whether Zotero only finds word matches based on the left bound or whether it finds matches anywhere within words. Switching this to false may be beneficial for languages other than English, but it may significantly slow down Zotero's search functions.

Reports

These options allow you to customize your reports.

Preference NameDefault ValueDescription
report.includeAllChildItemstrueBy default, selecting only parent items for a report causes those items' child notes and attachments to be included as well. If includeAllChildItems is set to false, only the items you have selected will be included. Selecting a combination of parent and child items will cause only the selected items to be displayed regardless of this setting.
report.combineChildItemstrueBy default, Zotero groups child notes and attachments in reports together under their parent items. Switching this to false will cause notes to appear separately from their parent items. This can be helpful for people interested in using Zotero's note-taking features as an outlining tool.

Export and Citation Settings

Preference NameDefault ValueDescription
export.bibliographyLocale By default, Zotero creates bibliographies in the language of the installed version of Firefox. Entering a locale code here causes Zotero to use the specified language instead. For example, to cite items in English in a non-English version of Firefox, enter 'en-US' (without quotes) into this preference. For a full list of available locale codes, see Zotero's chrome manifest.
export.quickCopy.compatibility.indentBlockquotestrueWord and TextEdit don't indent blockquotes on their own and need this enabled. Results in an extra indent in OpenOffice, which handles blockquotes correctly.
export.quickCopy.compatibility.wordfalseAdd Word Normal style to paragraphs and enable double-spacing. OpenOffice inserts the conditional style code as a document comment.
quickCopy.quoteBlockquotes.plainTexttrueAdd quotes around blockquote paragraphs in plain-text output
quickCopy.quoteBlockquotes.richTexttrueAdd quotes around blockquote paragraphs in rich-text output

Annotation Settings

Preference NameDefault ValueDescription
annotations.warnOnClosetrueBy default, Zotero will warn you before you close a sticky note annotation. If you switch this to false you will not receive that warning.

Word processor plugin

Preference NameDefault ValueDescription
extensions.zotero.integration.keepAddCitationDialogRaised falseIf you switch this to true, you can keep the Zotero word plugin interface for adding citations always at the front. and prevent it from going hidden behind the Word window you're working with.
preferences/hidden_preferences.txt · Last modified: 2013/05/28 22:54 by aurimas