Start Automatic updating cross references

Automatic updating cross references

The numbering of footnotes and endnotes is done automatically by Microsoft Word.

To insert a footnote or an endnote, place the cursor where you want the marker, then go to the References tab and click Insert Endnote or Insert Footnote (in the Footnotes group).

Word inserts the note reference mark (usually a sequential number) and places the insertion point in the text area of the new footnote or endnote. You can format the footnote text like any other text (e.g. Once you’ve finished typing the endnote or footnote you can place the cursor back in the main body of your document to carry on amending it.

One feature that I get questions about is the cross-reference capability.

This is the ability to insert text that references things like numbered paragraphs.

Word keeps a record of each footnote and endnote you create, and you can see them all by clicking References Cross-reference, We can use the list presented here to reuse footnotes and insert them elsewhere.

However, cross-references have a limitation – if you insert another footnote above the original one, the footnote number will update but the cross-reference number will not.

To do this, you need to update all fields in the document.