don't automatically mark pdfs as 'read'
In the 0.9 client, opening a pdf in the internal pdf viewer changes the item's status from 'unread' to 'read'.
Often I'll open up a pdf for a brief scan, and don't consider it 'read'. So I have to remember to undo the toggle.
(Otherwise I love the new features in 0.9. Nice work).
Matthew Clay commented
I can't believe that people have been complaining about this for so long and nothing has been done about it...seems like a good programmer could implement a good fix for this in no time at all.
This is very annoying. What would be really useful:
- Paper marked as "read" only if scrolled down all pages of the PDF or opened as active tab for X minutes or manually marked as read.
May I suggest the system used by the Opera mail client:
An email has three possible states in Opera: unseen, unread, and read. Before an email is opened it is "unseen." After viewing it transistions to "unread." To mark it as "read" you have to type "k" on the keyboard (or press the "read" button).
Since many users also seem to like the "must read" state, you could add that too.
becko B commented
Also, the green button that currently marks read/unread, could have a few more colors, to distinguish: Read, Unread and Must Read. I think those three would be enough.
becko B commented
There's a long way between opening a paper and actually reading it. I mean, this is not email!! The read/unread function as it stands now is completely useless, but a small change would make it into something very useful, and needed. I have a folder called "read" to track the papers I've read. I have placed the maximum number of votes (3) on this one, and I suggest other users to do the same, since this is so simple a change.
Definitely. As it is the function is worthless. We tend to forget about it
I started to use this "read" indication when I wanted to go trough my library, but after a few papers I noticed that Mendeley changes the read indication if you go to the item. Thus adding a PDF will flag the item as read. This makes it totally useless!
Annoying that I have to use the star/favourite option to keep track of the papers I read, and then use a folder category named "Favourites" so I can mark the important papers...
Still as annoying as it was in 2009.
automatically marking a document as read is very anoying. come on Mendeley, please add an option in the preferences to allow us to control it !
Please solve this problem. This feedback was sent 3 years ago, come on...
Can't believe that this has not yet been changed. Just leave it to the user to set the status or add an option in the preferences. It is so annoying that just opening a PDF changes the status. Renders this features quite useless.
Absolutely! I'm so eager to see that.
I've gotten used to untagging the documents as read when all I did was skim, or open to correct metadata, but it's a hassle. I would really appreciate if the automatic marking was made optional.
Julien-Charles Lévesque commented
Please, pretty please, do this. It should be fairly easy to implement.
Most PDFs I only skim, and mendeley makes thing more complicated to handle this way. Instead of using the 'read'/'unread' flags I end up just ignoring them.
This happens to me a lot when I have to open the PDF to be able to fill in or correct metadata.
Yes it would be very helpful if you could implement in the "options" menu the possibility to disable the "automatic read".
It would be transparent for people who like the automatic feature and would give others the possibility to change the read/unread status only manually.
Otherwise you have to remember to always click "unread" when you scan a pdf after import to check for possible errors or manually add the abstract for instance.
Absolutely important feature. Mendeley should not automatically mark a pdf as read if I opened it just to have a quick look.
Christian Walter commented
I would also very much appreciate to have some more fields than just "read/not read". A field that says "must read" would also be useful if at some time you add a paper which is interesting but you dont have time to read it right away. Doing all this with tags is not ideal...