How Do You Delete a Footnote in Google Docs?

July 16, 2023
David Sunnyside

Footnotes are a great way to add information to your document. They can be used for citations, timestamps, disclaimers and much more. However, sometimes you may receive a document filled with footnotes that aren’t needed. If you find yourself in this situation, there are a few ways to get rid of them.

The most common way to remove a footnote is by deleting the superscript number that appears in your text. This will remove the footnote and reorder any subsequent footnotes accordingly. You can also use the “Find and Replace” feature to delete footnotes. To do this, open the “Find and Replace” dialog box (on a Mac, press Ctrl + F). In the Find what box, type f for footnotes or e for endnotes. In the Replace with box, enter a new number that is unique to each footnote.

You can also add footnotes through the Google Docs mobile app on Android or iPhone. Just select a spot in your document where you want the footnote to appear, then tap the plus sign at the top of the screen. You’ll see a footnote appear where your cursor is and a superscript labeled number that will start at 1 and progress in ascending order as you add more footnotes. You can even change the color or style of the footnote separator line to fit your document’s needs. If you choose the same header or footer for every page, removing a footer from one page will remove it from all pages.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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