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How to Use Footnotes in Microsoft Word 2010

A footnote is a note that appears at the bottom of a page that is commonly used by writers to cite other authors publication in their document. We will show you how to manage footnotes in Microsoft Word.

Inserting a Footnote

To start inserting a footnote place your mouse cursor at the document where you want to put the footnote and click the ‘Insert Footnote’ button under the ‘Reference’ tab.

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Word automatically assigns a number and a line separator at the bottom of the page when we insert a footnote.

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Each footnote will be marked as a superscript number beside each reference point in the document.

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Rest your cursor for a few seconds beside each footnote reference mark to see the footnote or click the ‘Next Footnote’ button in the reference tab to navigate from one footnote to another.

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Custom Footnote Format

We can insert custom footnote format  by clicking on the small arrow icon in the reference tab.

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Our footnotes can have different number format and special characters.

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We can even convert our footnotes to endnotes by clicking on the ‘Endnotes’ radio button under the ‘Location’ section.

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Reusing Footnote

Microsoft Word maintains a list of footnotes in a document as a ‘cross-reference’ list.

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We can reuse each footnote in other part of the document.

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So that’s how to create footnote in Microsoft Word. Of course footnote is only one of the referencing styles that Word supports. We can also create a bibliography with all sort of referencing style.


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