Duplicating Footnotes in Word

Here’s another interesting challenge presented by a colleague. The same footnote text applied to many items on that page. She wanted to use the same footnote reference twice, with the same number. Here are two solutions. The first (and easier) method is to use a custom mark or symbol (e.g. *, †, etc.). The second method is to use a cross-reference.

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Inserting Duplicate Footnote using Symbols.

  1. On the Reference tab, in the Footnotes group, click the Dialog Launcher. The Footnote and Endnote dialog will appear.
  2. In the Custom Mark field type the preferred number or symbol. Alternatively, click Symbol button, select character and click OK.
  3. Click the Insert button. The footnote reference mark is added to document at the insertion point.
  4. Enter the footnote text.
  5. In the body of the document click insertion point where duplicate footnote reference is to appear.
  6. Type duplicate number or, on the Insert tab, click Symbol and select symbol previously selected.

Inserting Duplicate Footnotes using Same Sequence Number.

  1. Insert the first footnote: On the Reference tab, in the Footnotes group, click Insert Footnote. The footnote number is added to document at the insertion point.
  2. Enter the footnote text.
  3. Click insertion point in the body of the document where duplicate footnote number is to appear.
  4. On the Reference tab, in the Captions group, click Cross-references. The Cross-references dialog will appear.
  5. For Reference type  select  ‘Footnote’ and for Insert reference to select ‘Footnote number’.
  6. Select desired footnote from the For which footnote area, then click Insert.
  7. Click Close button.

Note Apply the Footnote Reference style to the duplicates to match footnote formatting.




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