Pages for iOS (iPad): Footnotes and endnotes

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Footnotes and endnotes
Add Footnotes and endnotes in a Pages document

A document can contain footnotes, which appear at the bottom of the page, or endnotes, which appear at the end of the document or a section. You can’t have both footnotes and endnotes in the same document, but you can convert all notes in the document from one type to another.

Insert a note

The first time you insert a note, it’s a footnote by default. If you want to add endnotes instead, you must first add a footnote and then convert it to an endnote.

Note:   In a word-processing document, you can add a citation only to the body text, not to text in a text box.
  1. Tap where you want to insert the symbol for a footnote.

  2. Tap Tab button in the shortcut bar above the keyboard, then tap Footnote.

    The symbol is inserted in the text, and the insertion point moves to the footnote text field at the bottom of the page.

  3. Enter the footnote text.

Convert notes from one type to another

Because a document can contain only one type of note, all notes in the document are changed when you convert a note from one type to another.

  1. Tap any note in your document.

    Blue boxes appear around all the notes in the document.

  2. Tap Format button in the toolbar, then tap Options.

  3. Tap Type, then choose the type of notes you want.

Footnotes move to the bottom of the page. Endnotes move to the last page of the document. Section endnotes move to the last page of the section in which they’re placed.

Change the look of note text

You can change how text looks for a single note, or for all notes in the document.

  1. Tap a note, or select the text you want to change.

  2. Tap Format button in the toolbar, then use any of the text formatting options below Footnotes to change how the text looks.

Change the symbol for notes

You can use numbers or other symbols, such as asterisks (*) or daggers (†), to indicate notes.

  1. Tap any note in your document.

    Blue boxes appear around all the notes in the document.

  2. Tap Format button in the toolbar, then tap Options.

  3. Tap Format, then tap a symbol.

    The symbols are changed throughout the document.

Change numbering for notes

By default, footnotes and endnotes are numbered sequentially for the entire document, but you can restart the numbering (or the sequence of symbols) at the beginning of every page or document section (after each section break).

  1. Tap any note in your document.

  2. Tap Format button in the toolbar, then tap Options.

  3. Tap Numbering, then tap the numbering system you want.

Remove a note

Tap in the text immediately after the symbol for the note you want to delete, then tap Delete button.

The note is removed, and the symbols for all remaining notes are updated to reflect their new positions in the sequence.

Published Date: Jun 1, 2018
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