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Create footnotes and endnotes

Adding a footnote or endnote

Position the insertion point where you want the note reference mark to appear. In the Footnote and Endnote dialog box, click either Footnotes or Endnotes. The note reference mark will appear after the dialog box is closed.

Imagine that you need to enter a footnote or endnote in a paper about the solar system to acknowledge a source about the Mariner space missions.

You would begin by positioning the insertion point where you want the note reference mark to appear. Then you would:

  1. Point to Reference on the Insert menu, and click Footnote.
  2. In the Footnote and Endnote dialog box, click either Footnotes or Endnotes, and then click the Insert button at the bottom of the dialog box.

Word will add the note reference mark at the insertion point in the document, which is automatically numbered for you. A note reference mark with the same number is inserted at the bottom of the page, if you clicked Footnotes, or at the end of the document, if you clicked Endnotes.

Then you would enter the note text to acknowledge the source beside the reference number. For example: Author, book title, publisher, date of publication, page number, and so on.

When you add the next footnote or endnote, Word will automatically number it in the correct sequence. If you later add a note before this note, Word will number the new note correctly and renumber the other notes in the document.

Tip     You can skip the dialog box and insert a footnote by pressing ALT+CTRL+F and an endnote by pressing ALT+CTRL+D. If you're working in normal view, this opens a note pane at the bottom of the window to enter note text, which you'll learn about in the next lesson.

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