3 Practical Ways to Insert Footnotes or Endnotes for Texts in Text Boxes
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3 Practical Ways to Insert Footnotes or Endnotes for Texts in Text Boxes




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Insert footnotes and endnotes

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Insert footnotes and endnotes

In this course:

  • Write an equation or formula


  • Indent the first line of a paragraph


  • Double-space the lines in a document


  • Create a bibliography, citations, and references


  • Insert footnotes and endnotes



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Footnotes appear at the bottom of the page and endnotes come at the end of the document. A number or symbol on the footnote or endnote matches up with a reference mark in the document.

Word uses a number or symbol to associate the note with a reference point in the document

  1. Click where you want to reference to the footnote or endnote.

  2. On the References tab, select Insert Footnote or Insert Endnote.

    On the References tab choose Insert Footnote

  3. Enter what you want in the footnote or endnote.

  4. Return to your place in the document by double-clicking the number or symbol at the beginning of the note.




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How do you insert footnotes in MS Word if the option is grayed out?

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Eric Fletcher

Eric Fletcher , Word user since v0.9; Word starts automatically when Windows boots up.

You can either have either footnotes (bottom of the page) or endnotes (end of the section of document) — but not both. If the Insert Footnote button is grayed out, open the Footnote and Endnote dialog (click the small arrow in the bottom right of the Footnotes part of the References ribbon) and change the radio button to allow Footnotes instead of Endnotes.

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