New citations are underlined with a dotted line
Help, help, help! I just printed my document and saw that every new citation is underlined with a dotted line. From the forum entries I figured out that this is a new "feature" of zotero to remind us that those citations haven't been updated. However, I urgently need a way to keep zotero from underlining my new citations as I won't be updating them at all in the end, since I made some manual changes to the citations. Can somebody please help me to disable this feature???
Note that you can use this feature and still make manual edits — you just have to press Refresh first to update any unupdated citations, which removes the underline.
But what kind of manual edits are you making? Whenever possible, you should avoid manual edits and either fix the data in Zotero or edit the citation using the citation interface.
I'm writing a law dissertation and I have some issues citing a type of book (Gesetzeskommentar) as there always appears a comma in the end of the citation. I tried fixing the citation style but I wasn't able to find the problem.. so I will have to keep manual changes. Since I've already done so in a lot of footnotes it would be really annoying if I had to delete all those changes by pressing refresh just to make them again afterwards... Is there no other way to remove the underline?
1) Just removing the underline doesn't make sense, and you should read the section I linked to so that you understand the purpose of it. The underline is telling you that the citation hasn't actually been updated to its final form, because doing that requires checking all other citations in the document. You don't want to edit it at that point because, depending on the citation style, it may not actually be formatted correctly, and that would somewhat defeat the purpose of using Zotero for citing. You can turn automatic citation updates back on (as it is by default), but that's similar to pressing Refresh after each insert.
2) More importantly, refreshing doesn't wipe out your edits. If you manually edit a citation, the next time you refresh or Zotero needs to update the citation you'll get a prompt asking whether you want to keep your edit or allow Zotero to update it properly. If you choose to keep the edit, you won't be prompted about that citation again. However, Zotero then also won't be able to correct the citation if you change data in Zotero or if it needs to change based on other citations in your document due to a style requirement (ibid, author name disambiguation, etc.). That's why it's always better to find a proper fix rather than making manual edits.
With regard to the citation style: I am using Lavelli_Zotero but I didn't create this style myself so I can't figure out where the comma comes from that appears whenever I cite legal comments (Gesetzeskommentare)
And again, you can turn automatic citation updates back on so that new citations get fully formatted immediately. That setting is on by default and would only be off if you either turned it off in the document preferences or agreed to let Zotero do it when prompted after an update took more than 15 seconds.
For example, if the citation is (Black, 1986) and I press 'refresh', the dashed underline disappear. But if I want to modify the citation and use it somewhere as Black (1986), the dashed underline does not disappear even after refreshing.
What should I do?
The above thread is about an issue where manually modifying a citation with the dashed underline prevents the underline from being removed on Refresh as it normally is.
(e.g. Smith et al., 2015)
(see works such as Black, 2016; Jones, 2010)
It would be good to be able to print / pdf them without the underlining!
That's at odds with the rest of the thread above, and with what I'm seeing in front of me right now.
If I add new citations, they are all underlined before I click Refresh. When I click Refresh, the underlining disappears from unmodified citations. But modified citations remain underlined.
But I take your point about using the prefix / suffix options.
Ultimately, I'm trying to figure out if with an endnote such as "See Janet Afary, The Iranian Constitutional Revolution, 1906-1911: Grassroots Democracy, Social Democracy, and the Origins of Feminism, The History and Society of the Modern Middle East (New York: Columbia University Press, 1996), 77. Afary appears to be drawing from a British source. Daniel Tsadik, Between Foreigners and Shi’is: Nineteenth-Century Iran and Its Jewish Minority, Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture (Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 2007), 180, gives an account of Zell-e Soltan that is more similar to that of Joseph Lahana." I am better off using the Word endnote function, the Zotero classic interface, or the new Zotero interface. Thanks.
In terms of creating correct citations, there is no real difference between the two add citation interfaces. Which one you use is principally a question of which is faster for you.
On how to generate the endnote -- you can do this either way: both a Zotero generated endnote with prefixes and suffixes for the explanatory text, or a Word insterted one with multiple Zotero citations inserted in it will work. What you should avoid doing in either case is to edit anything manually ("manually" used as above explained)