Writers use footnotes and endnotes in documents to explain, comment on, or provide references to something they’ve mentioned in a document. Usually, footnotes appear at the bottom of the page and endnotes come at the end of the document or section.
Add a footnote
- Click where you want to add the footnote.
- Click References > Insert Footnote.
Word inserts a reference mark in the text and adds the footnote mark at the bottom of the page.
- Type the footnote text.
Tip To return to your place in your document, double-click the footnote mark.
Add an endnote
- Click where you want to add the endnote.
- Click References > Insert Endnote.
Word inserts a reference mark in the text and adds the endnote mark at the end of the document.
- Type the endnote text.
Tip To return to your place in your document, double-click the endnote mark.
Customize your footnotes and endnotes
You have many options for customizing the way your footnotes and endnotes work—all available in the Footnote and Endnote box.
Click References and then click the small arrow to open the Footnote and Endnote box.
In the Footnote and Endnote box, select the options you want. Before you click Insert, choose where you want to apply the changes—the whole document or the section you’re in.
- To choose where you want to put footnotes, click Footnotes and then click Bottom of page or Below text.
- To choose where you want to put endnotes, click Endnotes and then click End of section or End of document.
- To format your footnotes so that they’re in columns, click Footnotes, click the Columns list, and click the number of columns you want.
- To change the format of the numbers for your footnotes or endnotes, click Footnotes or Endnotes, and choose the numbers, letters, or symbols you want.
- To restart footnote or endnote numbering at the beginning of each section, click Footnotes or Endnotes, and click Restart each section.
- To choose where you want to make these changes in your document, click the Apply changes list and click This section or Whole document.