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How to convert endnotes to footnotes in Microsoft Word

You can convert an individual endnote into a footnote or restore all your endnotes to footnotes simultaneously.

This might be because you did not read your instructions clearly, or the endnotes are few enough to fit on a few pages.

This is straightforward and won’t take more than a couple of minutes.

Converting individual endnotes into footnotes

1.    Open your Word document

Open the document with the endnotes that you want to convert to footnotes.

Ensure that your document is in the print layout view.

If your document is short, you can scroll to the endnote that you want to convert and leave the clicker there.

2.    Go to the references ribbon

Select ‘show notes’ in the notes group.

A dialog box will pop up, and from it, select ‘view endnote area.’

Click OK

Note: You will not see this dialog box if your document has only footnotes or only endnotes.

3.    Go back to the references bar

In the show notes column, click the drop-down arrow next to ‘next endnote’. From it, click ‘next endnote’ until you come to the desired endnote.

Once you have arrived at the note, right-click on it and select ‘convert to footnote’ from the list that appears.

Your endnote will move from the end of the document to the bottom of the page as a footnote.

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Converting all endnotes to footnotes simultaneously

1.    Go to the references ribbon at the top of the screen

Select the footnote and endnote dialog box launcher. It is the arrow in the bottom left corner of the second column.

2.    Select convert

A dialog box will show up after clicking on the dialog box launcher. From it, select ‘convert.’

3.    Convert all endnotes to footnotes

Another dialog box will pop up called the convert notes dialog box. From it, select ‘convert all endnotes to footnotes.’

Click OK

All your endnotes will automatically be converted into footnotes.

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