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: Converting to Automatic Endnotes.

Converting to Automatic Endnotes

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 25, 2016)

William works with files that he receives from other people, and sometimes those documents include endnotes. The problem is that the endnotes are manually added—they are not inserted using Word's automatic note system. The endnote markers are simply superscripted text, and the endnotes themselves are typed at the end of the document. This makes it impossible to add or delete endnotes and have them automatically renumbered, as they would be if Word's note system was used.

Word does not provide a way to convert from manual notes to its automatic system. Instead, you need to choose each endnote from the end of the document, copy it to the Clipboard, locate the endnote marker in the text, delete it, insert one of Word's endnotes (Insert | Footnote or Insert | Reference | Footnote, depending on your version of Word), and then paste the endnote text into the actual endnote. If you have lots and lots of endnotes in a document, this can get very tiring very fast.

One possible solution is to use a third-party program that does the conversion for you. One such program is called NoteStripper, available from the good folks at Editorium. You can find the product here:

Notice that you can try out the product for 45 days, after which time you'll need to pay a nominal fee for it. The product will do lots more than just converting from manual to automatic notes. Check it out and see if it will work for you.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (341) 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: Converting to Automatic Endnotes.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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