Center-column Footnotes

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 20, 2016)

Word has a powerful footnoting and endnoting system that allows you to place references of your choosing within your document and link them to footnotes or endnotes that can appear at a couple of different places in your document. Unfortunately, a "center column" is not one of the places you can automatically place footnotes. This precludes you from using footnotes to place references between columns of text, as is done in some editions of the Bible.

This does not mean that you cannot place your notes between columns, just that you cannot use Word to do it automatically. For instance, instead of using footnotes, you could manually place your "footnote" reference marks, and then manually place a simulated footnote in the center column. You, of course, would be responsible for figuring out placement on the page and controlling page breaking—not a trivial task, by any means.

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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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