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: Putting Your Index after Your Endnotes.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 2, 2015)
When you start adding different elements to your documents, you may wonder how to order those elements. For instance, Word allows you to easily add elements such as tables of contents, other special tables, footnotes, endnotes, and indexes. If your document contains both endnotes and an index, you may wonder how you can place your index after your endnotes.
The reason for this confusion typically crops up because Word allows you to specify where your endnotes are placed—at the end of a section or the end of the document. You obviously don't want the endnotes at the end of your document if you want your index to appear after the endnotes. So, the solution is to add a "next page" section break after the end of your document's body and just before the index. Your document should now contain two sections—one for the body of the document and one for the index. So, in the main body of the document format your endnotes so that they appear at the end of the section. You can do that by following these steps:
Figure 1. The Footnote and Endnote dialog box.
Word then automatically places the endnotes before your index, just as you want.
Of course, if you are already using multiple sections in your document, then this simple approach won't work as you expect. You can still place your endnotes where you want, however:
Figure 2. The Layout tab of the Page Setup dialog box.
Now Word suppresses the endnotes for all the sections except the one you specified (in steps 16 and 21), so all your endnotes appear there—just before your index.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (7912) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Putting Your Index after Your Endnotes.
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