Change or remove a footnote or endnote separator

Microsoft Word separates document text from footnotes and endnotes with a short horizontal line called a note separator. If a note overflows onto the next page, Word prints a longer line called a note continuation separator. You can customize separators by adding borders, text, or graphics.

  1. Switch to normal view (normal view: A view that shows text formatting and a simplified page layout. Normal view is convenient for most editing and formatting tasks.).
  2. On the View menu, click Footnotes.

If your document contains both footnotes and endnotes, a message appears. Click View footnote area or View endnote area, and then click OK.

  1. In the note pane (pane: A portion of the document window bounded by and separated from other portions by vertical or horizontal bars.), click the type of separator you want to change or remove in the Footnotes or Endnotes box:
    • To change the separator that appears between the document text and notes, click Footnote Separator or Endnote Separator.
    • To change the separator for notes that continue from the previous page, click Footnote Continuation Separator or Endnote Continuation Separator.
  2. Select the separator and make changes:
    • To remove the separator, press DELETE.
    • To edit the separator, insert a Clip Art divider line or type text.
    • To restore the default separator, click Reset.


  • Note text does not appear with the separator.
  • To view the continuation separator as it appears in the printed document, click Print Layout View on the horizontal scroll bar.
  • In the browser, custom note separators appear as short horizontal lines.
Applies to:
Word 2003