Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Converting Endnotes to Regular Text.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 2, 2020)
Mark is looking for a way to easily convert endnotes to regular text. What he needs is to have the endnote reference still appear in the main document, and then have the endnote text appear at the end of the main document, but as regular text.
When you insert an endnote into a document, Word does a couple of things. First, it inserts an endnote reference at the insertion point and formats that reference according to the Endnote Reference style. Then, the insertion pointer is placed in the endnote area, which is not part of the main text for your document. An endnote reference is placed there and you can start typing the endnote text. This text is, appropriately enough, formatted using the Endnote Text style.
If, after you've developed a bunch of endnotes, you want to change those endnotes back to "regular text" so that they are not part of that endnote area, you are in for a lot of manual work. Basically, you need to perform the following general steps:
Since you need to repeat these steps for every single endnote, it can get quite tedious fairly quickly. If you have a bunch of endnotes, you can shorten the process somewhat by following these general steps:
Of course, if you have to convert endnotes to regular text quite often, then you may be interested in using a commercial program to handle it for you. One such program is called Notestripper, from the good folks at Editorium. You can find info on the product here:
The program is fairly inexpensive, and offers quite a few options.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (11393) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Converting Endnotes to Regular Text.
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