The Preference window is divided into the following six panes:
Follow the instructions below to set up the preferences - and do this before you start using Zotero. The preferences will be under the Edit option on a PC and Tools on a Mac.
When you install Zotero, it will automatically install the Word plug-in. You will see Zotero as a tab at the top of the menu bar.
This may look different on a Mac (depending on the operating system). You may see an icon and a drop-down menu or a series of icons. Hovering on the icon will bring up an explanation of what the different functions are.
Once you have done this, you can use the Library Lookup function in Zotero to go straight to Explore.
You can set up the 'path' which tells Zotero where (i.e. in which folder) you want to save the full-text if you are automatically attaching the full-text of the document in Files and Folders sub-tab. If this is not of concern to you, leave the default option.
You can keep updated with published research on Zotero by using the Feeds option. Here you can either keep the defaults or decide how often you would like the feeds to be updated and choose to see the newest or oldest items first.