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Daniel Gross wrote at 2010-02-04 21:32:42
I just experienced and just solved this problem. Didn't see a solution posted anywhere else on the web, so I wanted to add it here for anyone who reaches this site in the future. If your problem is like mine, you have (or had, at one point) track changes enabled, and you deleted text with embedded footnotes. Because Word retains a record of that deletion until you accept the change, it also retains a record of the footnote - but since the footnote is removed from the body of the document it also seems to get confused and in turn suppresses the display of all footnotes thereafter.

The location of that deletion was the beginning of the problem - above it, I could insert a footnote and the text would display at the bottom of the page, and below it, I would insert a footnote and have no text appear next to the footer. Accepting the deletion resolved the issue (though I imagine removing the embedded footnotes from the tracked deletion would have been equally effective).

Hope that helps.

bc wrote at 2013-09-01 08:46:15
thanks - quick savior! (worked in word for MAC 2011)

proves it's always worth a quick search before tearing one hair out!

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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

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B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

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Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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