Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Formatting Footnotes and Endnotes.

Formatting Footnotes and Endnotes

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 15, 2017)


You can format footnotes and endnotes in the same manner in which you format regular text. If you have a large number of notes in your text, however, it could get tedious to manually format every one. Instead, consider changing the styles that Word automatically applies to footnotes and endnotes.

When you add your first footnote to a document, Word automatically creates a style called Footnote Text. Similarly, the addition of your first endnote creates the Endnote Text style. Change these styles according to your needs, and you footnotes and endnotes will look great.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (6088) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Formatting 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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2014-07-25 09:46:45


It is incorrect to say "Similarly, the addition of your first endnote creates the Endnote Text style." I have created many endnotes and there is no new additional endnote text style that appears in Word 2007.

2013-07-08 16:39:16


I am trying to apply custom styles to footnote text and reference numbers. The styles are ftnnotetext for the footnote body, ftnnotenum for the number within the footnote area, and ftnnoteref for the number in the body of the text. When I apply these styles to my document, the style of the document changes. This is as it should be. However, when I look at "styles in use" to prep the document for copyflow in InDesign, only ftnnotenum and ftnnoteref show in the styles pane as "in use". The style ftnnotetext doesn't show as in use. When I change the view to "styles in current document, the style ftnnotetext is present in the list and is highlighted when I click within the footnote text area, indicating it is applied to that text. How can I get ftnnotetext to show as "in use"? Thanks much.

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