Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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My footnote is split across two pages.
Sometimes getting footnotes to print just where you’d intended can be a bit tricky. You
might wind up with too many additional blank lines on the page after the footnote,
or you could find that your footnote has been divided, with one line appearing on the
first page and a second line printing on the next page.
If you find that part of your footnote has moved to the next page, look at the margin
settings for the page. The text on the page, the margins, and the footnote length all
play a role in the amount of space reserved for your footnote area. On the Page Layout
tab, click the Margins down-arrow. Note the space allowed for the margins. Try clicking
Custom Margins and reducing the bottom margin setting to allow more room for the
footnote. Then click OK to return to the document.
If you do customize the margins of your page in order to adjust the amount of space
allowed for footnotes, be sure to preview your page and output a test print before
printing your final document.
For best results, try to keep your footnotes short—one or two lines if possible. If you
need to insert a long footnote, consider converting it to an endnote so that it can be
placed at the end of the document.
When you’re working on a long document in which you want to refer to other parts of the
document, you can use cross-references to help readers find the information they seek.
Word lets you add cross-references to a number of different elements in your document,
including captions, headings, footnotes and endnotes, and bookmarks.
You can create cross-references only within the current document. You might create a
reference at the beginning of a long report, for example, that points readers to a table
in a later section that lists statistics related to a new study. However, you can’t create a
cross-reference to a table in another document.