Endnote and Footnote

Updated: 10/04/2017 by Computer Hope

FootnoteA term used to describe additional information found at the bottom of a page. Often a footnote will contain the source of the information, or additional information about the text contained in the document. You can identify any text that points to a footnote by the small number after the text. Below are examples of a footnote and an endnote.

Here is an example1 of a footnote.


1 An example to help demonstrate the proper notation and implementation of a footnote.

Much like a footnote, an endnote is additional information or credits given at the end of the document instead of at the end of each page. Below is an example of an endnote giving credit to Computer Hope, the web page, and the year.

Here is an example of an endnote which cites Computer Hope as a source.1


1 Notation and implementation of endnotes and footnotes (https://www.computerhope.com/jargon/f/footnote.htm, 2017)

Microsoft Word steps

To insert a footnote or an endnote in Microsoft Word 2007 and later versions, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Within Microsoft Word, place the cursor where you want to insert the number that points to the footnote or endnote.
  3. In the Ribbon at the top, click on the References tab.
  4. In the Footnotes section, click on Insert Footnote or Insert Endnote, depending on which one you are inserting.

To insert a footnote or an endnote in Microsoft Word 2003 and earlier versions, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Within Microsoft Word, place the cursor where you want to insert the number that points to the footnote or endnote and click Insert
  3. Click Footnote...
  4. Specify whether you want to insert a Footnote or an Endnote, then click OK.

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