Footnotes and Endnotes in Writer

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    The video "Writer Footnotes / Endnotes - An Overview" links to this page here, which contains further information.

    First, the footnotes are explained and the settings and selection options are described.

    Endnotes are used analogous to footnotes.

    This description refers to LibreOffice.

    Link to the Video

    Link to the Video (in German [DE]):

    Fußnoten und Endnoten in Writer - LibreOffice


    Footnotes are used to annotate further information on the subject at the end of a document.

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    Footnotes and Endnotes are numbered independently in automatic mode.

    Insert footnote directly

    You open Writer and the document in which the footnotes are to be inserted.

    You position the cursor in the text where the footnote is to be inserted.

    To insert the footnote directly, choose Menu Insert ▸ Footnote and Endnote ▸ Footnote.

    You write the footnote text.

    You have now inserted a footnote directly.

    Insert footnote using the "Insert Footnote/Endnote" dialog

    You can insert another footnote.

    You position the cursor in the text where the second footnote is to be inserted.

    Alternatively to entering a footnote directly, choose in the menu: Insert ▸ Footnote and Endnote ▸ Footnote or Endnote….

    The "Insert Footnote/Endnote" dialog opens.

    The following options are available here:

    • "Numbering", here you define the type of numbering (Automatic/Character).
      • "Automatic", automatically assigns consecutive numbers to the inserted footnotes.
      • "Character", with "Character" (manual), you can enter a "Character" for the current footnote in the text field next to it.
    • "Type", here you select "Footnote" and OK.

    You write the footnote.

    You have now entered another footnote.

    The mouse pointer changes its appearance as soon as it is placed over the Footnote anchor or the Footnote is standing.

    By clicking on the footnote anchor or footnote, you can jump back and forth.

    To edit the text of a footnote, click inside the footnote.

    Change format

    To change the format of a footnote, press F11 to open the "Styles" sidebar, then click in the footnote anchor.

    This will highlight the Paragraph style and you will not have to search for it.

    Right-click on the Paragraph style "Footnote" and choose Modify….

    Now you can make changes to the format.

    Change numbering option

    To edit a numbering option of a footnote anchor, click in front of the anchor and choose the Extras ▸ Footnote/Endnote... menu.

    In the "Settings of Footnotes and Endnotes" dialog, select the "Footnotes" tab and make the desired settings.

    Here you can set or edit various options, such as "Numbering".

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