How To Insert Footnotes In Microsoft Word

If you are a user who is linked with academia, you may have heard about footnotes and end-notes. They can be very handy and useful in a document for better understanding. In this article, I would describe to you how you can insert a footnote in Word

What is a footnote and how do you use it?

Before you learn how to use footnotes, it is important you must know about it and how to use it.

A footnote is like a note, used for providing some information related to the content. A reader might not read a lengthy article completely, and in moments like these, footnotes can allow easy understanding by highlighting the main idea of the content. Footnotes appear at the bottom of the page and you can write text within the space of the footnote. Footnotes can include anything from a citation to parenthetical information, outside sources, copyright permissions, background information, or anything in between

How to insert a footnote in Word?

The process of inserting a footnote in Microsoft Word is quite easy. Follow these instructions:

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  1. Go to the References tab in the ribbon
  2. Click on the page and location where you want to insert the footnote
  3. This will highlight the Insert Footnote option in the references tab
  4. Click on it, and it’ll appear at the bottom of the page. You can write what you want in space. You can press the enter key to move the footnote location. Usually it is located at the bottom
  5. A single page cannot have more than one footnote


Footnotes can be handy in writing extensive academic documents. Hopefully, this article would have helped you in understanding them a bit more clearly. You can find out more on Microsoft Office support for footnotes in Word.