Footnotes in Word 2013

Change footnote to endnote

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In this video, we'll change the footnote location by converting footnotes to endnotes.

Change a footnote to an endnote

  • To convert all footnotes to endnotes:   
    At the bottom of a page, right-click the footnote text area, click Note Options, and then click Convert. Finally, click Convert all footnotes to endnotes.

  • To convert one footnote to an endnote:   
    At the bottom of the page, right-click the text of a footnote, and then click Convert to Endnote.

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Convert footnotes to endnotes and vice versa

Footnotes are put at the bottom of the page that they are on.

Here's the footnote number, this superscript three, and the corresponding note for that footnote is at the bottom of this page here, okay? Here's that corresponding footnote.

Now, what if you want to change the location of a footnote? For example, let's say you wanted this footnote to be at the end of the document. That's usually called an endnote.

If you wanted to insert an endnote, you could have done that by clicking the Insert Endnote button, but you probably didn't do that.

You probably want to convert your footnotes to endnotes, so we'll go ahead and do that.

What you do is you right-click a footnote and choose Convert to Endnote, and then you'll scroll down here, and you'll see that the footnote is definitely now an endnote. It's at the end of the document.

Now, you probably don't want a mix of footnotes and endnotes in your document, so I'm going to undo that, and I'm going to show you that you can convert all your footnotes to endnotes in one go.

So I'll go ahead and right-click that note area, click Note Options and then over here, click Convert..., and Convert all footnotes to endnotes. That's exactly what we want, so we'll click OK and then Close.

And then when we scroll to the bottom, we can see that all footnotes are now endnotes, okay? So what if you want to change the numbering for your footnotes or endnotes? Right now, we are using these little 'i' here, 'i','ii', and 'iii' here. Well, you can do that.

You can change that numbering scheme. You can make it into letters, or you could make it into Roman numerals, or you can use symbols like asterisks, and I'll show you how to do that in the next video.

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