3 Ways to View All Footnotes at Once in Your Word Document

In this article, we will show you 3 effectual ways to view all the footnotes at once in your Word document.

By default, footnotes are always at the end of a page. This means if you have a document in hundreds of sheets, which happen to have another hundreds of footnotes scattering around, it would be such a pain to scroll up and down with your mouse.

Don’t worry. There are clever tricks to help you view all footnotes at once. Just read on to find more.

Method 1: Convert Footnotes to Endnotes

  1. First off, put your insertion pointer anywhere inside the footnote area.
  2. Then right click and choose “Note Options” on the contextual menu. Choose "Note Options"
  3. Now in “Footnote and Endnote” dialog box, click “Convert” button.
  4. Next select the “Convert all footnotes to endnotes” option and click “OK”.
  5. Lastly, close the “Footnote and Endnote” box.Click "Convert"->Select "Convert all footnotes to endnotes"->Click "OK"->Close the Box

Now you can see all footnotes have been converted to endnotes, placed all together at the end of document. You can view all of them at once without the distraction from main document.Footnotes being converted to endnotes

Method 2: Show the Note Pane

  1. To begin with, click “View” tab.
  2. Then choose “Draft” view.Click "View"->Click "Draft"
  3. Next click “References” tab.
  4. And then click “Show Notes” option in “Footnotes” group.Click "References"->Click "Show Notes"
  5. Now there shall be a note pane at the bottom of the screen whose size you can adjust. Make sure you select “All Footnotes”. If you click on the reference number of the footnote, it brings you to the main document, so you can view them at the same time.A Note Pane

Method 3: Run Word Macro

In case you find the above 2 ways a little bit tedious, you can choose the macro way.

  1. At first, to run a macro, you should press “Alt+ F11” to open VBA editor.
  2. Then click “Normal”.
  3. Next click “Insert” tab.
  4. And then choose “Module”.Click "Normal"->Click "Insert"->Choose "Module"
  5. Next double click on the new module to bring out the coding space.
  6. Choose one of the two macros and paste it there:

Macro 1:

Sub ConvertFootnotesToEndnotes()
End Sub

Macro 2:

Sub ViewAllFootnotes()
  If ActiveWindow.View.SplitSpecial = wdPaneNone Then
      ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.Type = wdNormalView
      ActiveWindow.View.Type = wdNormalView
  End If
  If ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.Type = wdPrintView Or ActiveWindow. _
      ActivePane.View.Type = wdWebView Or ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.Type = _
      wdPrintPreview Then
      ActiveWindow.View.SeekView = wdSeekFootnotes
      ActiveWindow.View.SplitSpecial = wdPaneFootnotes
  End If
End Sub
  1. Finally, hit “Run”.Paste Codes->Click "Run"

By the way, should you choose macro 1, you may also want to convert endnotes back to footnotes. You can use this macro below:

Sub ConvertEndnotesToFootnotes()
End Sub

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