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This guide provides in-depth instructions on how to use Zotero, organize sources, and create in-text citations and bibliographies.

Troubleshooting the Word Plug-in

The Zotero plug-in allows you to do in-text citing and automatically create the bibliography. The Zotero plug-in creates an additional tab or toolbar within your word processor.

The word processor plugins are bundled with Zotero and should be automatically added to each supported word processor on your computer when you install Zotero.

Zotero Plug-in Is Not Displaying

  • First, close Word (quit for MacOS) and open again - if Word was open when you installed Zotero, the tab won't appear until you close (quit) and open Word again
  • Second,
    1. In Word, go to File > Options (Instructions for Mac OS)
    2. Chose Add-ins
    3. At the bottom of the window, change COM Add-ins to Word Add-ins
    4. Click the Go button
    5. Check to see if Zotero.dotm is present and checked
    6. If not checked, check Zotero.dotm and click the OK button until you are back to your document
      1. If not listed, try manually installing the plug-in
  • Third, Manually Install the Zotero Word Processor Plugin
  • If still not appearing, try these other Word Processor Plugin Troubleshooting options

Troubleshooting Errors in Word Processor Documents

There are several reasons you might be getting an error message when deleting or modifying your document. Consult this list of troubleshooting errors to determine a potential fix.

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