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A footnote can be used to present an ancillary piece of information usually at the bottom of a page. The benefits of creating footnotes are that the author can add a note of reference, explanation, or comment without disrupting the structure of the sentence. A footnote immediately connects the reader to the citation or your specific thought, concept, or idea related to that text.

What is a footnote?

Footnotes1 can be essential when trying to relay additional information to a user. Most readers will review the footnotes after they read the text from where the footnotes are anchored 2 to more fully understand the content.

How to create a footnote

Step 1: Identify the text to which to add the footnote

Identify the text that you wish to add some additional information or a citation to.

Step 2: Add a superscript number

  1. Add the footnote number at the end of your text.
  2. Highlight the footnote number and click the Superscript button in the editor.


Step 3: Create the footnote section

  1. Navigate to the bottom of the page or content.
  2. To separate the footnote section from the rest of the content, click the Page Break button in the editor to add a horizontal line.

Step 4: Add the footnote reference

Underneath the page break line, add your footnote's reference.  Make sure to reference the original number of the footnote 3.

Step 5: Link the footnote and its reference

Create a link between the footnote and reference so the reader can jump directly to the bottom of the page where the information is found:

  1. Highlight the footnote number at the end of your text and click the Link button.

  1. Delete the content in the Link to: field and click Update Link to create a blank link.

  1. In the editor toolbar, click View and select Source.
  2. In the source code, find the link's <a> tag. 
  3. Modify the href property based on your own naming conventions. In the example below, fn1 stands for footnote 1.
  4. Add an id to the <a> tag.
  5. The final link should look something like this in Source mode:
<a href="#fn1" id="rf1" title=""><sup>1</sup></a>

Step 6: Link back to the original source

When linking back to the original source, you should give users some visual marker that there is a link back to the original source of the footnote to help user adoption.  The return character  is this visual representation of the HTML char code &crarr. You can use any visual marker to let the user know there is a link back to the source. Repeat items 1 through 6 in the previous step. The link should look something like this (Note how the href and id are switched from the previous example):

<a href="#rf1" id="fn1" title="">↵</a>


1. A footnote is a note placed at the bottom of a page that it is on or cites a reference for a designated part of the text. 

2. Often, the most interesting information is found in the footnotes. 

3. That is all it takes to create a footnote. 

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