How to insert an endnote into a Microsoft Word document

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How to insert an endnote into a Microsoft Word document
Add references to Word documents with the endnote tool. (Microsoft Corporation)

Adding an endnote reference to a Microsoft Word document lets you include comments, explanations or citations at the end of the document. Word's built-in reference tool adds a mark in the document text and links this to the endnote reference so that readers can instantly click to read the additional information. Use the "Insert Endnote" feature in the References tools group to add and customise an endnote reference in any Word document.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click on the text in a Word document page in the position where you want to add the endnote reference mark. This is the mark your reader will click to read the full endnote reference text.

  2. 2

    Select the "References" tab in the main menu bar, and then click the "Insert Endnote" button in the Footnotes tools group. Word adds a reference mark beside the document text and also adds the endnote to the end of the document, after all preceding text.

  3. 3

    Enter the comment, description or citation you want to include as endnote text. When you're done, double-click the endnote mark to return to your place in the document or follow the next step to customise the endnote.

  4. 4

    Click the arrow icon at the bottom of the References tools group on the main menu bar. Word launches the Footnote and Endnote dialog window. Configure the settings available in this box to customise your endnote; for example, you can choose to add endnotes automatically at the end of documents or at the end of document sections. You can also change the number format and custom mark to different letter and numeral styles, such as "i, ii, iii ..." or "1, 2, 3."

  5. 5

    Click the "Apply Changes" button, and then select "OK" to exit the Footnote and Endnote dialog window. Save the document to store all changes.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the "Insert Footnote" tool if you'd prefer to add notes to the footer section of the page rather than the end of the document.

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