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: Copying and Moving Footnotes and Endnotes.

Copying and Moving Footnotes and Endnotes

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 7, 2017)

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Word implements a full-featured footnote and endnote system that allows you total control over where and how notes are printed. If you have previously inserted footnotes or endnotes into your document, and you want to duplicate a note or move one, you can use techniques you already know for editing regular text. To copy or move a footnote or endnote, follow these steps:

  1. Select the footnote or endnote reference mark in your document. (This is within the document itself, not within the actual footnote or endnote.)
  2. If you are copying the note, press Ctrl+C. The footnote or endnote reference mark and the associated note are copied to the Clipboard.
  3. If you are moving the note, press Ctrl+X. The reference mark and the associated footnote or endnote are deleted and moved to the Clipboard. If you are using auto-numbered footnotes or endnotes, all the footnotes or endnotes in your document are renumbered.
  4. Position the insertion point at the location where you want to copy the footnote or endnote.
  5. Press Ctrl+V. The footnote or endnote reference mark is inserted in your document, and the associated note is added to the appropriate notes section. If you are using auto-numbered footnotes or endnotes, all the footnotes or endnotes in your document are renumbered.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (503) 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: Copying and Moving Footnotes and Endnotes.

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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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What is 7 + 8?

2015-09-27 19:31:26

michael christian

Word is horrible with moving endnotes


2014-02-01 14:53:36

Nancy Bunge

I tried to use your instructions to create a new section break in my endnotes and all the endnotes that were at tne end of my document moved up to behind each chapter where the publisher does not want them. I tried copying and moving one chapter's worth of endnotes to the end, which worked, but now I can't delete the notes at the end of the chapter. I tried copying and using Ctrl+C and nothing happened. Help me out of this mess!!!!


2012-07-25 18:53:17

Charles H.

Moving footnote didn't work in moving footnote. I get the reference and two footnote numbers: just the number where I want the note, and the full note again at the bottom of the page.


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