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Lucas Curti wrote at 2010-04-30 04:42:43
Hi guys,

I found a way to do it. You should set the endnotes to appear at the end of each section. Then, you have to go to each section where you want to get rid of the endnotes, go to Page Setup and mark the checkbox "Suppress endnotes".(Make sure that "This Section" is selected in the "apply to" field. This will bring all the endnotes from this particular section to the next one. Keep doing this until you have all the endnotes on the section you want them to be.



Brent wrote at 2011-11-18 23:36:28
You can apply the decision for FN numbering to be continuous, or to start over at the section break to all sections, or to this section only.  This should allow you to have continuous numbering between some sections (within chapters) and start over at other section breaks (at the end of chapters)?

Anders wrote at 2012-12-17 19:49:45
Hey.. Know this question is old, but I had the same problem.. Windows has a solution for problem with footnotes and section changes. See this link:

Regards Anders

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