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 ====== Troubleshooting Issues with Zotero Translators ======= ====== Troubleshooting Issues with Zotero Translators =======
  
-When you're unable to save high-quality metadata from a particular webpage, most likely either the page isn't supported by an existing [[translators|Zotero translator]] or the page layout recently changed, breaking Zotero'​s ability to recognize data.+When you're unable to save high-quality metadata from a particular webpage, most likely either the page isn't supported by an existing [[translators|Zotero translator]] or the page layout recently changed, breaking Zotero'​s ability to recognize data. If the problem occurs across multiple sites, there may be a problem with your installation.
  
 If you're having trouble saving, try these steps: ​ If you're having trouble saving, try these steps: ​
  
   - If you don't see a "Save to Zotero"​ button in your browser toolbar at all, **make sure you've installed the Zotero Connector** in your browser. The Zotero Connector should be listed in the browser'​s Extensions pane. You can install the appropriate Zotero Connector from the [[/​download/​|Zotero download page]].   - If you don't see a "Save to Zotero"​ button in your browser toolbar at all, **make sure you've installed the Zotero Connector** in your browser. The Zotero Connector should be listed in the browser'​s Extensions pane. You can install the appropriate Zotero Connector from the [[/​download/​|Zotero download page]].
-  - If you [[kb:​page_not_recognized|only see a webpage icon]], **make sure you're looking at a supported site**. If you're not sure, try a New York Times article or an Amazon product page.+  - If you [[kb:​page_not_recognized|only see a gray webpage icon]], **make sure the page has fully loaded**. (Pressing your browser'​s stop button or pressing Esc on your keyboard can help if something on the page has stalled.) If it's still showing the webpage icon after loading, **make sure you're looking at a supported site**. If you're not sure, try a New York Times article or an Amazon product page.
   - If you don't have the Zotero program open, **try opening Zotero before saving**. (If you haven'​t installed Zotero, you can do so from the [[/​download/​|download page]].) While the Connector can save directly to your online library, you'll usually get better results saving to Zotero directly. If the Zotero Connector reports that Zotero is unavailable and tries to save to zotero.org, see [[kb:​connector_zotero_unavailable|Zotero Unavailable]].   - If you don't have the Zotero program open, **try opening Zotero before saving**. (If you haven'​t installed Zotero, you can do so from the [[/​download/​|download page]].) While the Connector can save directly to your online library, you'll usually get better results saving to Zotero directly. If the Zotero Connector reports that Zotero is unavailable and tries to save to zotero.org, see [[kb:​connector_zotero_unavailable|Zotero Unavailable]].
   - **Check for Zotero Connector updates** from the Extensions pane of your browser, in case a new version of the Connector is available that you haven'​t yet received.   - **Check for Zotero Connector updates** from the Extensions pane of your browser, in case a new version of the Connector is available that you haven'​t yet received.
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   - If you're saving with Zotero open, **[[kb:​zotero_version|check your Zotero version]]** to make sure you have the latest version available from zotero.org. We can only troubleshoot translators that fail for the current 5.0.x version of Zotero.   - If you're saving with Zotero open, **[[kb:​zotero_version|check your Zotero version]]** to make sure you have the latest version available from zotero.org. We can only troubleshoot translators that fail for the current 5.0.x version of Zotero.
   - Check **[[Known Translator Issues]]** to see if problems have been noted on the site you're trying to save from.   - Check **[[Known Translator Issues]]** to see if problems have been noted on the site you're trying to save from.
-  - Hover your cursor over the "Save to Zotero"​ button. The tooltip shows which translator, if any, Zotero will use for the page you are viewing. If the displayed translator is incorrect, post the site name, a URL, and the name of the incorrectly detected translator to the Zotero forums. Note that "​Embedded Metadata,"​ "​DOI,"​ and "​COinS"​ are [[:​kb:​default_translators|generic translators]],​ and Zotero ​will not be able to save automatically ​from all sites on which they appear. ​Also, PDFs will usually not be saved automatically on such pages.+  - Hover your cursor over the "Save to Zotero"​ button. The tooltip shows which translator, if any, Zotero will use for the page you are viewing. If the displayed translator is incorrect, post the site name, a URL, and the name of the incorrectly detected translator to the Zotero forums. Note that "Web Page", ​"​Embedded Metadata,"​ "​DOI,"​ and "​COinS"​ are [[:​kb:​default_translators|generic translators]],​ and Zotero ​may not be able to save full metadata or PDFs from all sites on which they appear. ​A problem with a primary translator may cause a generic translator to be used instead.
   - Make sure that your browser privacy settings are not **blocking cookies**. Some sites require you to accept third-party cookies in order to save.   - Make sure that your browser privacy settings are not **blocking cookies**. Some sites require you to accept third-party cookies in order to save.
   - If you are having chronic problems getting the Zotero Connector to work across multiple sites, you may have an extension conflict. Try **disabling all extensions** except the Zotero Connector. If this solves the problem, re-enable the extensions one-by-one until you find the conflict, and then post the name of the extension that was causing the issue to the forums.   - If you are having chronic problems getting the Zotero Connector to work across multiple sites, you may have an extension conflict. Try **disabling all extensions** except the Zotero Connector. If this solves the problem, re-enable the extensions one-by-one until you find the conflict, and then post the name of the extension that was causing the issue to the forums.
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     * A **[[debug_output#​zotero_connectors_firefox_chrome_and_safari|Debug ID]]** from the Zotero Connector for a save attempt or, if you're only getting a webpage icon, for loading the page.     * A **[[debug_output#​zotero_connectors_firefox_chrome_and_safari|Debug ID]]** from the Zotero Connector for a save attempt or, if you're only getting a webpage icon, for loading the page.
     * What it says in the popup when you try to save (e.g., "​Saving to My Library"​ or "​Saving to zotero.org"​)     * What it says in the popup when you try to save (e.g., "​Saving to My Library"​ or "​Saving to zotero.org"​)
-    * The **name of the translator** from step 6, if applicable+    * The **name of the translator** from step 8, if applicable
  
  
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