Restarting Footnote Numbering after Page Breaks

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 5, 2019)

Elsen is working on his dissertation, and the style he must follow requires that footnote numbers restart at 1 after each page break. Elsen wonders how he can make sure that Word restarts the footnote numbering as he needs.

This is relatively easy to do in Word. Here's how:

  1. Display the References tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click the small icon at the lower-right corner of the Footnotes group. Word displays the Footnote and Endnote dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Footnote and Endnote dialog box.

  4. Change the Start At value to 1.
  5. Change the Numbering drop-down list to Restart Each Page.
  6. If your document has multiple sections in it (as implemented by adding section breaks), use the Apply Changes To drop-down list to specify whether you want this numbering scheme to apply to the entire document or just the current section.
  7. Click Apply.
  8. Click Cancel to close the Footnote and Endnote dialog box.

The result is that your footnotes should start over, at 1, for each page in your document.

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Author Bio

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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