Friday, 27 April 2012

Word footnotes - how to update cross-references to footnotes

In Microsoft Word, if you insert cross-references to footnote numbers and later add or delete any footnotes, the footnote numbering as shown in the cross-references can be wrong.

You can click the cross-reference and be taken to the right footnote, but the footnote numbers that display and print will be the 'old' ones.

Here's a tip on how to fix that problem - it took me ages to find the solution.

You need to:

  1. click inside the footnotes area first
  2. press Ctrl a (hold down the Ctrl key then tap the "a" key then release both)
  3. tap the F9 key, and
  4. OK it all.

This was in Word 2010, but I believe it's the same for Word 2007 etc too.

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