Delete a footnote or endnote

Adding footnotes and endnotes in Word isn’t difficult; removing one, some, or even all, is even easier.

But here’s the thing: It’s the reference number or mark that you delete (in the body of the text); NOT the footnote or endnote itself. If you delete the footnote or endnote itself, Word renumbers the notes in a new order. I’ll show you how it’s done:

Here’s an example of a footnote; the footnote is at the bottom of the page:

What a footnote is

If you want to delete the footnote (that’s at the bottom of the page), delete the number “1” in the body. When you do that, the footnote itself disappears. There’s another way you can do this too: if there’s a footnote that you find you want to delete, right-click it, and select Go to Footnote and delete the number there.

Removing an endnote works the same way:

Remove an endnote from within the body of the text

To remove the endnote, delete the “i” in the body of the text (the one with the pink box around it in the image above) and that endnote disappears. As well, if you find an endnote you want to delete, you can right-click it, and select Go To Endnote and delete the number there.

Applies To: Word 2016, Word 2016 for Mac, Word 2013

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