KBibTeX's Configuration Dialog

Several KBibTeX parameters can be configured via the Preferences dialog. This dialog can be opened using the SettingsConfigure KBibTeX... menu item. Below you can find a description of KBibTeX configuration pages.

Click the Defaults button to reset all items to their default values.

The Reset button can be used to discard all current configuration changes without closing the Preferences window.

General Configuration

General configuration

This configuration page allows you to change the default Person Names formatting which will be automatically applied to the names entered in the Element Editor dialog.

Keywords Configuration

Keywords configuration

This page can be used to edit keyword list. The keywords applied to the bibliography entries with Element Editor are useful to structurize your bibliography. Filtering by keywords can give you a fine-grained results by topics.

The Add button can be used to add a keyword to the list.

Click on the Remove button to remove the currently selected keyword item.

Color & Labels Configuration

Color & Labels configuration

Color labels are another useful way to structurize your bibliography. This configuration page can be used to define the labels and their colors.

The Add button can be used to add a label to the list.

Click on the Remove button to remove the currently selected label.

Double click on an item in the Color or Label column to start editing it.

Id Suggestions Configuration

Id suggestions configuration

This configuration page is used to handle identifier suggestion schemes for Element Editor. You can add, edit, remove and rearrange the schemes using the respective buttons to the right of the suggestions list.

Click the Toggle Default button to switch the default id suggestion scheme to the currently selected item. This button can be used to define format for the Format entry ids action.

User Interface Configuration

User interface configuration

Using this configuration page you can make KBibTeX show or hide comments and macros in the bibliography list, choose bibliography system (BibTEX or biblatex) and define what to do when you double-click an element in the bibliography list (Open Editor or View Document).


biblatex is a reimplementation of BibTEX. With biblatex the formatting of the bibliography is entirely controlled by LATEX macros, not bst files. It supports subdivided bibliographies, multiple bibliographies within one document, and separate lists of bibliographic shorthands. Bibliographies may be subdivided into parts and/or segmented by topics. Just like the bibliography styles, all citation commands may be freely defined. The biblatex package is completely localized and can interface with the babel package.[2]

Also biblatex can use biber as a backend. With biblatex it is possible to use UTF-8 symbols in bibliography entries.

So you can use biblatex to create sophisticated bibliographies.

Saving and Exporting Configuration

Saving and exporting configuration

This page allows you to choose a LATEX command (e.g. \cite{...}) which will be used as a wrapper for the reference copied with Copy Reference (Ctrl+Shift+C) item of popup menu from the bibliography list.

It is also possible to make KBibTeX determine LyX data pipe automatically by checking the corresponding box.

When Detect LyX pipe automatically item is not checked, you can add the pipe address manually in the text box Manually specified LyX pipe or select it using the generic KDE Open/Save dialog by pressing the button to the right of the text box.

Eventually, you can configure backups here. It is possible to select the backup subject (Local files only, No backups or Both local and remote files) using Backups when saving drop down box and the number of backups to store.

PDF & Postscript Configuration

PDF & Postscript configuration

This configuration page can be used to choose some options for previewing of KBibTeX entries. You can select Paper Size, language for babel LATEX package and the bibliography style.

[2] From biblatex documentation.