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: Changing the Way Endnotes Are Numbered.

Changing the Way Endnotes Are Numbered

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 24, 2011)


Word allows you to control how the endnotes in your document are numbered. Normally, numbering begins at one and progresses upward. You can change both the starting number and how numbering restarts by following these steps:

  1. Display the References tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click the small icon at the bottom-right corner of the Footnote group. Word displays the Footnote and Endnote dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Footnote and Endnote dialog box.

  4. Make sure the Endnotes radio button is selected.
  5. Change the Start At value to reflect where you want Word to start numbering.
  6. Change the selection in the Numbering area to reflect how you want Word to count your endnotes.
  7. Click on Apply, then click on Cancel; otherwise click on Insert to insert an endnote mark at the current location.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (6064) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Changing the Way Endnotes Are Numbered.

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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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What is five minus 4?

2016-06-09 08:43:32


Instead of the menu panel "Footnote and Endnote,"I get a message from Microsoft Visual Basic:
Run-time error '5935': Comments, endnotes and footnotes can only be added to the main story.

2016-03-19 16:52:42


I cannot find the commands you name!

All I want is to change endnotes from i and ii etc to 1 and 2 etc.

Everybody says it's easy. I disagree.

I found the 2007 recipe saying:

1. Click anywhere in your document.
2. Go to Insert | Reference | Footnotes.
3. Click Endnotes and make the appropriate selection from the Endnotes drop-down list.
4. Select 1, 2 ,3... from the Number Format drop-down list.
5. Select Whole Document from the Apply Changes To drop-down list.
6. Click Apply.

This does not work! Under point 2 there is no Reference to be found under Insert, nor is there a Footnote drop-down,only a choice between four options, I have to click either Bottompage note, Endnote, Nextpage note, or Add note. Seems so stupid!

Next, I find no Number Format drop-down list. Nor Apply Changes To drop-down list. What IS this nightmare?

It's called Microsoft Windows 7. Only mine is in French, while I'm Norwegian.

I do not have the box you show, for "Footnote and Endnote". So how am I to cope?

Even worse: Replacing endnotes ofthe i and ii type with 1 and 2 etc.,is likewise impossible! When I try, the cursor refuses to react to these small digits 'floating' directly after some word, and instead lights upon the first following "i" - which it then replaces, be it in the middle of a word, with a "1".

Incredibly frustrating.
Please help.
Thank you.

2015-09-05 14:28:53

Alan Morison

Microsoft Word 2007. Endnotes, to change numbers, your step #6. My Introduction has endnotes 1-64. No problem. I wish Chapter 1 to restart numbering at #1, not #65. I don't know how. Your step #6 does not work: "Apply" is not available. "Insert" gives endnote #65, not #1 that I want. I have followed carefully all your instructions. What am I to do?

2013-02-16 13:08:45

Tom Nelson

Is their a Mac versions of your service? I'm using Word 2008 for Macintosh.

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