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: Searching for Footnote and Endnote Marks.

Searching for Footnote and Endnote Marks

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 29, 2014)

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If you don't know where a footnote or endnote reference is located in your document, you can use Word's powerful searching capabilities to find automatic footnote references. To search for a footnote, follow these steps if you are using Word 2007:

  1. Press Ctrl+F to display the Find tab of the Find and Replace dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Find tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.

  3. In the Find What box, enter the text for which you want to search. To search for a footnote mark, enter ^f. To search for an endnote mark, instead enter ^e.
  4. Set other searching parameters, as desired.
  5. Click on Find Next.

If you are using Word 2010, then the Find and Replace dialog box is not displayed when you press Ctrl+F. Instead, the Navigation pane is displayed to the left of your document. You can still use ^f in the box at the top of the pane, and Word displays all instances of the footnote and endnote marks in your document.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (11162) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Searching for Footnote and Endnote Marks.

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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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2015-01-06 14:40:54

Alan Pink

I'm not sure if this applies to Word 2007, but in Word 2010 once you have the Find and Replace dialog box visible (down triangle at the right of the search box in the Navigation pane and select Advanced Find...) you can select More>> then Special to search for Paragraph marks, Section breaks, non breaking hyphens and many more 'special' characters.
Also, on the pop up menu that has advanced find, there is an option to find 'Footnote/Endnotes' that puts 'Find: Footnote/Endnotes' in the search box. I assume this lets you search for both at once.


2014-12-29 08:10:17

Surendera M. Bhanot

Very good tip.

I usually use ^p for 'Paragraph Mark', ^l (Ctrl+small L)for 'Line Break Mark', ^s for 'Non-Breaking Space' widely.

Can you provide the detail of such shortcuts for various other things which we can use to search.


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