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Zotero: Advanced Frequently Asked Questions: Manage PDFs
with Zotfile 5

Manage Attachments with Zotfile

Zotfile is a Zotero plugin to manage your attachments: automatically rename, move, and attach PDFs (or other files) to Zotero items, sync PDFs from your Zotero library to your (mobile) PDF reader (e.g. an iPad, Android tablet, etc.) and extract annotations from PDF files.

Zoffile now Extracts Annotations by Highlight Color  (thanks to RAG2ko)

And the color can be used in two ways:

  1. To format extracted annotations
  2. To create separate notes  for each color category (yellow, red, green etc annotations).

Doing so requires changing some settings and you want to be very very careful when you do so.

In Zotero Standalone,

1. go to Actions->Preferences->Advanced->Open about:config.

2. Search for extensions.zotfile to see a list of the hidden zotfile options.

3.  You'll see strings--


These options allow the user to fine-tune the formatting of the extracted PDF annotations in the Zotero note. They define the opening and closing html tag for different types of annotations. The default settings format highlighted text from the pdf normally, note text in italics (<i> for start and </i> for end), and underline underlined text (<u> for start and </u> for end). The end options for note, highlight and underline have to be the closing tag for the corresponding start option.

More detailed directions and additional information


Tips for working with Zotfile and subfolders

There isn’t an immediate way to use tags to create subfolders within your Custom Location because there isn’t a defined wildcard for tags.  You can see the list of wildcards at: but there is an option of creating user-defined wildcards

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