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: Controlling Endnote Placement.

Controlling Endnote Placement

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 6, 2016)


Word allows you to control where your endnotes appear, if you are using endnotes. You can cause them to appear either at the end of each section in your document or at the end of the document itself. If you don't use sections in your documents, then there is effectively no difference between the two choices. If, however, you use sections to break apart your document into chapters (or some other arbitrary division), then there is a big difference between the two placements.

To control where Word places endnotes in your document, follow these steps if you are using Word 97 or Word 2000:

  1. Select Footnote from the Insert menu. Word displays the Footnote and Endnote dialog box.
  2. Click on Options. Word displays the Note Options dialog box.
  3. Make sure the All Endnotes tab is selected.
  4. Using the Place At drop-down list, select where you want Word to place your endnotes.
  5. Click on OK.
  6. Click on Close in the Footnote and Endnote dialog box if you don't want to add an endnote at this time; otherwise click on OK.

If you are using a later version of Word, then you should follow these steps instead:

  1. Select Reference from the Insert menu and then choose Footnote. Word displays the Footnote and Endnote dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Footnote and Endnote dialog box.

  3. Choose the Endnotes radio button.
  4. Using the drop-down list to the right of the Endnotes radio button, select where you want Word to place your endnotes.
  5. Click on Apply.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (509) 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: Controlling Endnote Placement.

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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What is six more than 8?

2016-09-04 17:13:31


I have footnotes and endnotes in my document, however, sometimes the endnotes are placed before the footnotes! It won't let me make a section break in the footnotes, but the break at the end of the text above should include the footnotes, but it obviously doesn't in the case of placing the endnotes, please advise.
Much appreciated

2015-12-01 21:56:50


I am publishing a book and used Word 2003 to create my manuscript.

I have End Notes and the end of my book.
The publisher requires that a BLANK Page be added at the very end of the book (with no numbers, footers etc.)

I cannot seem to add a new Section Break at the end of the End Notes, that will enable me to get rid of the page number and footer on that last page.

Can you help?

2015-02-23 14:07:21


I inserted section breaks into my book at the end of each chapter. Then I followed the directions for moving my Endnotes to the end of the section. They are still at the End of my book. What am I doing wrong?

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