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Deleting All Footnotes

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Deleting All Footnotes.

Certain types of documents require the use of footnotes to help document sources or provide additional information relative to the content being discussed. At some point you may want to delete all the footnotes in your document. One thing you can try is to do a simple search and replace to remove all the footnotes. Follow these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl+H to display the Replace tab of the Find and Replace dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Replace tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.

  3. In the Find What box, enter ^f. This indicates that you want to search for footnote marks.
  4. Make sure the Replace With box is empty.
  5. Click on Replace All.
  6. Close the Find and Replace dialog box.

This approach works because when you delete footnote marks, the footnote associated with that mark is also automatically deleted.

If you find yourself ridding lots of documents of their footnotes, you may want to create a macro that will do the job for you. This macro can then be assigned to a toolbar button or to a menu option. The following macro will remove all the footnotes in a document:

Sub DelFoots()
    Dim fn As Footnote

    For Each fn In ActiveDocument.Footnotes
End Sub

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1909) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Deleting All Footnotes.

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Comments for this tip:

Matt    03 Jun 2015, 16:05
This macro saved me a lot of grief. Many of our firm standard documents include endnotes which need to be removed for every letter we make. I replaced the terms 'footnote' with 'endnote' and the macro worked just the same. Thanks!
Martin    20 May 2015, 14:53
Thank you for the macro. I notice however that there are some footnote numbers left over at the end of some sentences. Ie I dont think Word recognises them as footnotes, but rather as superscript. Is there a macro to remove superscript numbers from a document?

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