Q: I have issues with my high resolution display. What can I do?

You have to change the "compatibility settings" for JabRef to "Disable scaling for high DPI settings". Further information is available at

Further reading: and

Q: How can I use JabRef as backend for Microsoft Word?

You can directly use the references in Word's internal reference manager. Short explanation: Export your bibliography in XML format and replace the Sources.xml in %APPDATA%\Roaming\Microsoft\Bibliography. Long explanation: check out Export to Microsoft Word. Also, see for a video explaining how to add and how to cite references in a Word document.

Another option is to use Bibtex4Word. See for a video explaining the usage.

The last option is to use Docear4Word, which is planned to be ported to JabRef (see JabRef4Word).

Q: How can I start or focus JabRef with hotkey ⊞+J (Win+J)?

Use AutoHotkey and JabRef.ahk provided at koppor's autohotkey scripts.

Q: I get WARNING: Could not open/create prefs root node Software\JavaSoft\Prefs at root 0x80000002. Windows RegCreateKeyEx(...) returned error code 5.

Start regedit and create the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\JavaSoft\Prefs. [source]

Q: Where can I find JabRef's log files?

A: On Windows, one finds the log files in %APPDATA%\..\Local\org.jabref\jabref\Logs\{version}. {version} indicates the currently used JabRef version.

Q: I have issues with the Chinese display language in Windows 10 Enterprise. What can I do?

A: According to source, you may have to set the font manually by downloading the Base.css from Custom themes - JabRef. Then open the Base.css, and add the following text at the end of Base.css:

.text {
-fx-font-family: “Microsoft YaHei”;

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