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How to insert a footnote in Microsoft Word?

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Microsoft Word is unarguably the most popular word editor worldwide as it comes pre-loaded with Windows and is intuitive, which makes it easier for new users to start with the tool.

If you wish to add a footnote or endnote in Word on PC or smartphone app, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’re going to explain how you can insert a footnote in Word, as well as how you can customise it to match your style.

How to insert a footnote in Word on PC?

To insert a footnote to your Microsoft Word document on a PC, follow the steps below.

How to insert a footnote in Microsoft Word? | Candid.Technology

  • Click on References option from the toolbar at the top.
  • Then click on Insert Footnote.
  • You’ll see a new block appear at the end of the page you’ve selected. You can start writing your footnote now.

This guide will work on Word in Office 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010 and Word 2007.

How to customise your footer on Word?

If you aren’t happy with either the positioning, layout or formatting of the footnote, you can click on the small arrow button at the bottom-right of the Insert Footnote box (refer to the screenshot below). Clicking on that button will open a Footnote and Endnote prompt where you can customise the footnote further. Once you’re done customising, click on the Insert button. How to insert a footnote in Microsoft Word? | Candid.TechnologyAlso read: How to track changes in Microsoft Word?

How to insert a footnote in Word app?

Start editing the document on your smartphone app and follow the steps below to insert a footnote in Word.

How to insert a footnote in Microsoft Word? | Candid.Technology

  • Tap on the arrow button at the top-right of your phone’s keyboard.
  • Then tap on Home towards the left of the arrow to open the toolbar options.
  • Then tap on Insert.
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap on Footnote.
  • Then enter the footnote on your Word document.

Also read: How to delete a blank page in Microsoft Word?



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