footnote numbering sequence



My paper has footnotes, and then I've inserted tables, which also have
footnotes. The table footnotes are to be numbered independent of the text
footnotes, which is accomplished by section breaks and starting the footnote
numbering at "1". However, after the table, and its section break, the text
footnotes do not pick up where they left off before the table. I've tried the
"start at" option in the footnote box, but it only starts at "1" or at random
numbers, not the next number in sequence from the previous text footnotes.
What can I do?

Stefan Blom

Version of Word? Different footnote numbering options for different
doesn't work correctly in Word 2002/2003 (I don't know about Word

One way to work around this is to fake numbering: for each table, just
insert superscript numbers and type the notes inside a border-less
bottom row. Assuming that there aren't too many footnotes inside each
table, this should be relatively easy to do.

Stefan Blom
Microsoft Word MVP

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It's microsoft 2003. I am hesitant to go around the system since my document
is to be converted to pdf and electronically sent who knows where, so I need
it so work in all circumstances. Thanks for the idea, though.

Daiya Mitchell

Since table footnotes are normally supposed to show up directly under
the table (not at the bottom of the page), the manual system is often
better for tables. Also, table footnotes I normally see as "a, b, c",
restarting for each table, and they rarely change because you inserted a
new table footnote, so the manual maintenance is not problematic. I
would go with Stefan's suggestion.

It will work in all circumstances, because you've hard-typed it, in that
situation. PDF will be fine. It will act up less than having every
table in its own section.

Suzanne S. Barnhill

I'll add my vote (for manual annotation of tables) to Daiya's and Stefan's
and again emphasize that tables usually use a different set of reference
marks. If the table is mostly numbers, then the a, b, c sequence is common.
If it's text, use asterisk, dagger, double dagger, and so on.

Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

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Thank you all. I'll try it. Actually, I'm using roman numerals for my
footnotes, which are many, as it is a text document of comparison.


Thanks Stefan and all of you...I'm manually doing it and its working, though
it's going to take a lot of time.

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