How do you add footnotes?


Quick Answer

The option to add footnotes to a Microsoft Office Word document is in the Insert menu under Reference. The user has the option to choose Footnotes or Endnotes, choose the Number format and then select Insert. Word automatically adds the numbers in the appropriate places. Then the user is free to add whatever text is needed for the note.

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Footnotes can be edited or deleted when needed. The content can be changed by clicking in the text area. Notes can be inserted between two others by going through the same steps with the cursor in the necessary area. With the cursor anywhere in the document, number format can be changed by going into the Footnote & Endnote section and selecting a different option.

Footnotes and endnotes serve the same function, but appear in different sections of the document. Footnotes are at the bottom of the page where the note superscript is, while endnotes settle at the very end of the document. Footnotes are often used to cite sources or add extra information in academic papers. They also can explain a term or idea without interrupting the flow of the main text. Multiple style guides allow footnotes, including the Modern Language Association, or MLA, style, and the Chicago Manual of Style.

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