Changing default font size in the Notes window

Searching the forums for this issue revealed some difficult-to-follow answers from many years ago, so I'll try here.

I am using Zotero 5.033. I am using Zotero to take notes relating to pdf documents I've uploaded.

Here's the problem: the default setting for the font in the Notes window is set to "Paragraph" (rather than other alternatives in the drop-down, such as "Heading 1," "Heading 2," etc.

This is a problem because the font size is TINY TINY TINY, and single-spaced, which makes it very hard to see. I can go in (each and every time) and change it to, say "Heading 3," which is bigger and bolder, but every time I hit "enter" and go to a new line, it defaults back to the tiny "Paragraph" for the new line. So I have to go back to the drop-down and change it again. A real annoyance.

I am aware that under "settings," there's a "Note Font Size" box that purports to allow you to set a default font size. But it has no impact on the size of the default font in the notes box. Makes no difference what I change it to. The note size is always the "Paragraph" default, which is tiny.

Can someone explain whether there's a fix for this? I have never fiddled with Zotero's code before, so I'm not sure I'd be able to do it without a kind soul walking me through the steps in detail.

Thanks very much for any help.
  • the note font size setting should definitely change the font size and does for me. You've restarted after changing that?
  • Yes, I have. The note font size setting has no impact on the display of the font within the note window.
  • what operating system?
  • @elmunc: It would be very strange for this not to work. Make sure you're testing in a new note. An existing note copied from an external source could contain embedded styling that changes the font size.

    Beyond that, I'd recommend restarting your computer, in case somehow Zotero isn't being totally closed, and if you're still having trouble take a screenshot that shows the preferences and a note, upload it somewhere (e.g., Dropbox), and provide a link here.
  • I solved the problem this way. I went into settings, advanced options, config editor, and then manually changed the value for

    extensions.zotero.note.fontSize

    to 16. That did the trick.
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