How to Create a Footnote

Footnotes appear in the footer of a document and provide additional insight about the content appearing on the page. Footnotes are often identified by a small number placed at the end of the line to which the footnote applies. The same number is placed at the beginning of the footnote. Document creation software such as Microsoft Word, Open Office Writer and Apple Pages allow you to create footnotes in a document with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Open Office, Microsoft Word for Mac, iWork Pages '09

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Place the cursor at the location in which you would like to insert the footnote, such as at the end of a sentence.

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Click "Insert" and then click "Footnote."

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Click "Insert" to insert the footnote into the document at the location of the cursor.

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Enter the desired text of your footnote and then click anywhere in the document to resume editing.

Microsoft Word 2010

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Open the document and place the cursor in the location that you would like to insert the footnote.

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Click the "References" tab at the top of the window.

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Click "Insert Footnote" to place the footnote into the document at the location of the cursor.

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Enter the text that you would like displayed in the footnote.

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Double-click the footnote to finish entering text into the footnote and resume editing the document.