by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 1, 2018)
Marty created a Word document with endnotes. After that, he wanted to create another version for a newspaper without the endnotes. So he displayed the Layout tab of the Page Setup dialog box and clicked on the Suppress Endnotes check box. Problem is, nothing happened; the endnotes remained and the document remained unchanged. Marty wonders how to really suppress endnotes.
The short answer is that if you want to suppress endnotes (not have them print) you need to actually delete them. (More on that in a moment.) This might lead you to question what the purpose is for the Suppress Endnotes check box; it is plainly visible in the Layout dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. The Layout tab of the Page Setup dialog box.
This check box isn't used to turn off the display of all your endnotes. Instead, it is used to suppress the display of endnotes within specific sections of a document, pushing them forward to the next section. This concept will take a bit of explanation.
You see, you can instruct Word to place endnotes at the end of each section of a document instead of at the end of the entire document. This is handy if you use a separate section for each chapter in an overall document and you want endnotes at the end of each chapter.
If you direct Word to place endnotes at the end of each section, you may run across a section where you want the endnotes suppressed. That is what the check box is for—to suppress the endnotes that would normally be displayed at the end of that particular section. Word dutifully does that, moving those endnotes to the end of the following section, unless they are suppressed there, as well. If you suppress the endnotes in every section of your document, then they are still printed at the very end of the document.
Note that the endnotes are not hidden or removed; they are simply suppressed for that particular section. This entire concept of controlling placement of endnotes across sections (and using the Suppress Endnotes check box) is covered in a different WordTip:
Now, back to how you create a version of your document that doesn't include endnotes. As mentioned, the short answer is that you need to actually delete them. Follow these steps:
Figure 2. The Replace tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.
That's it; your endnotes should now be removed and you have the desired "clean" copy. You can print it out or save it under a different name. (Don't save it under the same name. That would overwrite the copy you saved in step 1 and your endnotes would be permanently gone.)
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