Footnotes In Word 2016

How To Add Footnotes And Endnotes In Word

Footnotes and endnotes in a Word 2016 document are added to explain, comment on, or provide references to something that has been mentioned in the document. Footnotes and endnotes are not the same, however: footnotes typically appear at the bottom of a page whereas endnotes appear at the end of the document or at the end of a section.

Add A Footnote

Follow these steps to add a footnote in Word:

  • Put the cursor where you want the footnote to appear in your document.
  • Go to the References tab and click Insert Footnote (in the Footnotes group)

    Insert a footnote

  • An empty footnote will be added to the bottom of the page. Just start typing to add your text to the footnote.

    Footnotes In Word 2016

  • After you have finished typing the footnote, click somewhere else in the document.
  • Notice how the footnote above is labelled with a "1". There is also a matching "1" in the document text, where you placed the cursor when you clicked Insert Footnote.

    Matching Number

  • Each time you add a new footnote, the number will get incremented, so the reader will always be able to match up the correct footnote to the piece of text they are reading.
  • When you want to return to the referenced text, double click on the number in the footnote.

Add An Endnote

Follow these steps to add an endnote in Word:

  • Put the cursor where you want the endnote to appear in your document.
  • Go to the References tab and click Insert Endnote (again in the Footnotes group)

    Insert An Endnote In Word

  • An empty endnote will be added to the bottom of your text. Simply start typing to add your text to the endnote.

    Endnotes In Word 2016

  • You will notice that as you add more content to your document, the endnote will move further down, so that it always appears at the end of the document.
  • As you discovered with footnotes, a reference marker is inserted within the document that matches a corresponding marker in the endnote.

Footnote Navigation

You can quickly see the footnotes associated with a particular reference by placing the cursor immediately before its reference marker, and then by clicking Show Notes (in the Footnotes group). When you do you will be taken to the footnote.

To jump to the next footnote, just click Next Footnote, in the Footnotes group. Keep clicking it to jump to the next, and all subsequent footnotes.