Converting Individual Endnotes and Footnotes in MS Word

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Kim had a term paper due and it had forty end notes. Then her professor decided that he would rather have footnotes. Fortunately, Word is flexible when it comes to whether a note is a footnote or an endnote. You cannot convert all of them at one time, but convert them you can!

The way you convert them is not really intuitive, but follow the steps below and you will learn:

  1. If you are working in Normal view, select Footnotes from the View menu.
  2. If you have both footnotes and endnotes defined in your document, Word displays the View Footnotes dialog box. Click your mouse on the type of note from which you want to convert and then click your mouse on OK.
  3. Right-click your mouse on the footnote or endnote you want to convert. Word displays a Context menu.
  4. Select the appropriate choice on the Context menu, which will be either to Convert to Endnote or Convert to Footnote.
  5. If you are working in Normal view, when you are finished converting, click your mouse on Close.

As you convert each endnote or footnote, it is moved to the other window and the reference marks for the note are updated to what is currently being used for the series (either footnote or endnote) to which you are converting.

That wasn't so bad now was it?

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