Zotero Standalone, when installed properly, automatically integrates with Microsoft Word. If you are unable to access the Zotero tools in Word after installing Zotero, follow these instructions:
Once the integration is complete, you can use Zotero to include properly formatted citations within Word documents.
PC and Mac users can access the Zotero tools in Word under the Zotero menu on the top horizontal toolbar:
Some Mac users (Office 2016 for Mac and earlier) might see the Zotero tools in Word under the Add-ins menu on the top horizontal toolbar:
Some Mac users (Office 2011 for Mac) may see a floating Zotero toolbar when opening Word. Alternatively, the Zotero tools may be accessed from the "scripts" menu:
To add a citation, look for a button or menu item that says Add/Edit Citation or Zotero Insert Citation. If this is your first citaiton in the document, you'll first need to select your desired citation style from the document preferences window that appears. Then, you'll see that the insert citation dialog appears; it's either a red search bar or a small window with your Zotero library, depending on your setup.
If you see a Red Search Bar, search for and select the reference you want to cite, press Enter to select it, and then Enter again to insert it. Zotero will add the citation at your cursor.
If you see a Window listing your Zotero library, search or browse for the reference you want to cite, select it from the list, and then click OK. Zotero will add the citation at your cursor.
You may occasionally need to edit a citation you inserted with Zotero--to add page numbers, prefix or suffix information, or to omit the author's name, for example. To do this, click within the text of the citation (or the footnote, depending on the style you're using). The citation should become highlighted in gray--this means you're ready to edit. Now, from the Zotero tools menu in Word, select the button or menu item for Add/Edit Citation or Zotero Edit Citation. This will bring up the insert citation dialog you saw when inserting the citation.
If you see a Red Search Bar, click on the reference you need to edit, and then enter any necessary information in the popup that appears. Hit enter to accept the changes, then hit enter again to insert them.
If you see a Window listing your Zotero library, enter any necessary information in the boxes at the bottom of the window, then click OK.
After you've inserted at least one citation, you'll be able to insert a bibliography of all of the sources cited in that document with Zotero. To add a bibliography, look for a button or menu item that says Add Bibliography or Zotero Insert Bibliography. Your bibliography will appear at your cursor, and any new citations you add to the document will be added automatically to the bibliography.
Sometimes you might need to add additional sources to a bibliography that were not directly cited in the text of your document. To do this, click within the text of the bibliography. The bibliography should become highlighted in gray--this means you're ready to edit. Now, from the Zotero tools menu in Word, select the button or menu item for Edit Bibliography. This will bring up the Edit Bibliography window. To add sources, select them in the middle column, then click the green arrow to move them to the section labeled References in Bibliography.
It's easy to change your document to a different citation style. From the Zotero tools menu in Word, select the button or menu item for Document Preferences or Set Doc Preferences. This will bring up the Document Preferences window. Select the citation style you'd like from the list, then click OK.
Sometimes you just need a quick citation. Zotero’s Quick Copy feature makes it easy to grab a single citation or an entire bibliography directly from your Zotero library. To generate a quick bibliographic citation, simply click on a source in your Zotero library and drag it into a text box (an email, Google Doc, etc.). If you hold shift before dragging, it will insert an in-text citation or footnote, depending on your default citation style. You may change the default citation style in your Zotero Preferences menu: Edit > Preferences > Export (Windows) or Zotero > Preferences > Export (macOS).
Another way to get a quick citation or an entire bibliography is to right click (Ctrl+click on Mac) on a single source, a selection of multiple sources, or an entire collection in your Zotero Library. Select Create Bibliography from Item/Items/Collection.
Select the citation style you want, select whether you want citations or a bibliography, and select Copy to Clipboard. You can now paste your bibliography into a document or text box.