Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Deleting Footnotes and Endnotes.

Deleting Footnotes and Endnotes

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 13, 2013)

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If you have previously inserted footnotes or endnotes into your document and you want to later delete one of them, follow these steps:

  1. Highlight the footnote or endnote reference mark in your document. (In the document itself, not in the footnote or endnote area.)
  2. Press either Del or Ctrl+X.

The footnote or endnote is deleted, and if you are using auto-numbered footnotes or endnotes, the remaining notes in your document are renumbered.

You should note that it does no good to delete the footnote or endnote text; you must delete the footnote or endnote reference itself.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (754) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Deleting Footnotes and Endnotes.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2015-06-29 17:12:54

Ted Duke

I see that this tip applies only to Word 2007 and 2010. I am using Word 2013 and it allows selecting and deleting part or all of the text in bottom-page footnote other than the reference mark/number.

If what is highlighted include a paragraph mark/symbol or if there is more than one footnote on the page, I sometimes get the same response. However, at least in 2013, that only happens when the (Crtl_*) backward P paragraph mark is included in the selection to be deleted.


2015-06-29 02:58:59

Keith Houghton

That's fine for deleting an entire footnote, but what about if I wish to delete only part of it? e.g. I quote a reference and then add some clarification of (say) 3 lines; later I wish to keep the reference but delete the clarification, as it is more appropriate in the main text. If I highlight the unwanted part and press DEL I am told that this is not a valid action for footnotes and I then have to delete it by pressing DEL and "drawing in" the unwanted text word-by-word. Very tedious.


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