Changing date format

edited June 3, 2018
Hello...I think I have a simple question: how do I change the date format so that I can enter the date of a new source entry in my library as: DD MM YY and have my footnotes reflect the same?

I am using Zotero desktop version on a Mac with MS Word, and I could not find the answer by searching the forums though it is probably there...sorry.

Thanks for the help!
  • The date style in footnotes needs to be adapted in the CSL style you're using, not Zotero.
  • Ok..thanks! But how do I do that? I have tried to use the Style Editor but do not see this option. If it involves a work with changing code, I am afraid that I am unqualified. Thanks again for your answer!
  • You didn't even tell us what format you want or what style you're using. It doesn't need codeing. Can be done with a few clicks.
  • edited June 4, 2018
    sorry...i thought it would be a general setting that would apply across styles.

    I am using Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition (full note). I am using the desktop version of Zotero integrated with MS Word on a Mac. Output would be both for footnotes and a bibliography.

    Can you help? thx
  • again. What do you want to achieve?
  • edited June 4, 2018
    I want to produce footnotes and bibliographical references for citations i.e. newspaper articles, reports, manuscripts, etc. that are in the DD MM YYYY format. Preferably like DD/MM YYYY. (26/4 1998).

    So this: "Nobelpristagaren Alfvén Kämpar Med Centern Mot Kärnkraftsamhället,” Norrköpings Tidningar, June 10, 1976, 8.

    Becomes this: "Nobelpristagaren Alfvén Kämpar Med Centern Mot Kärnkraftsamhället,” Norrköpings Tidningar, 10/6 1976, 8.

    Please let me know if you need any additional info. Thank you!
  • edited June 4, 2018
    1. go here:
    2. Copy all that code
    3. Go here:
    4. Paste all the code in the box in the bottom over the code in there
    5. Switch to the visual editor (on top)
    6. Top right: click on "Example citations"
    7. Untick anything and tick the "article-newspaper" one
    8. You should now see "Lisa W. Foderaro, “Rooftop Greenhouse Will Boost City Farming,” New York Times, April 6, 2012."
    9. click on the "April 6, 2012" part
    10. .... follow the video I made for you: (note I'm using a different style as the chicago note style is huge and is lame; you just need to wait though!)

    make sure to change the file ID, self link and filename all to the same new name (like in the video). otherwise your new style will get overwritten with the next update.
  • Whoa! Thank you so much! You have really saved my hide. Thanks again!
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