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: Moving Footnote References Using Find and Replace.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 22, 2015)
Raphael has a document in which footnote references are in the wrong place relative to the period at the end of a sentence. He wants to search for all instances where the footnote reference is before the period and move it to after the period. In some instances the period may be followed by a quote mark, in which case he would want the footnote reference after the quote mark.
This is actually rather easy to do in Word, and the reason is because the Find and Replace feature allows you to search for footnote references. Here, for instance, are the steps to correct instances of a misplaced footnote reference, a period, and a quote mark:
Figure 1. The Replace tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.
Figure 2. The Replace Font dialog box.
That may seem like a lot of steps, but it goes pretty quick. Steps 1 through 4 essentially replace any instances of "reference period quote" with "period quote reference period quote." This is necessary because you can't use the ^f code (which finds a footnote reference) in the Replace With box. Instead, you use the ^& code to replace what you find with what you searched for.
The second replace operation, in steps 5 and 6, replaces "reference period quote" with "reference period quote pound." The pound sign is used simply as a marker that will be keyed upon in steps 7 through 9. After step 6 you really end up with "period quote reference period quote pound." Steps 7 through 9, then, eliminate the final "period quote pound," leaving the desired "period quote reference."
There is one more operation that needs to take place, however, and it is done in steps 10 through 16. After all the previous steps, the period and the quote mark are left not as normal text, but as superscript, just like the footnote reference. The purpose of steps 10 through 16 is to change them back to regular text.
Remember, these steps only take care of the initial desire to change "reference period quote" to "period quote reference." You still need to go through similar steps to change "reference period" to "period reference." In fact, you can use the same 17 steps you previously went through, but leave out any quote marks from what you search for and replace with.
There is an even shorter way of doing the replacements, using wildcard searches. Just follow these steps:
These steps take care of all instances of "reference period quote" and "reference period." You should also note that these steps, using the wild card search, will also change the order of any endnote references within the document. So if you document has both footnotes and endnotes, and you don't want the position of the endnote references modified, you should use the first 17-step process instead of the wild card search.
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