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Word Chapter 2 Creating a Research Paper
Footnote Text Style
When you insert a footnote, Word formats it using the Footnote Text style, which
does not adhere to the MLA documentation style. For example, notice in Figure 2–38 on
the previous page that the footnote text is single-spaced, left-aligned, and a smaller font
size than the text in the research paper. According to the MLA style, notes should be
formatted like all other paragraphs in the paper.
You could change the paragraph formatting of the footnote text to ﬁ rst-line indent
and double-spacing and then change the font size from 10 to 11 point. If you use this
technique, however, you will need to change the format of the footnote text for each footnote
you enter into the document.
A more efﬁ cient technique is to modify the format of the Footnote Text style so that
every footnote you enter into the document will use the formats deﬁ ned in this style.
To Modify a Style Using a Shortcut Menu
The Footnote Text style should be based on the Research Paper Paragraphs style deﬁ ned earlier in this chapter.
Because the Footnote Text style speciﬁ cally set paragraphs to single-spaced and the font size to 10 point, you will need
to modify those formats to double-spaced paragraphs and 11-point font. The following steps modify the Footnote
• Right-click the note text in the
footnote to display a shortcut
menu related to footnotes
footnote paragraphs should be
formatted the same as other
paragraphs in the research paper