July 14


How to remove Footnote line in Word

By Sharyn Baines

July 14, 2021

Endnote, Footnote, spacing

Learn how to remove a footnote separator line in Word.

In this blog you will learn a simple fix to remove the line and extra space below the footnote separator line in Microsoft Word. 

Note: The same steps outlined in this blog can be used to remove an endnote line as well.

Let’s look at an example in Word. In the example below we have a footnote with the separator line inserted above the footnote.

Footnote separator line

To remove the line, first, change your view to Draft.

To do this, go to the View tab and select Draft.

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Your document will now be displayed in a Draft view.

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Now go to the References tab and select Show Notes.

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At the bottom of the screen, you should see a Footnotes drop-down option box, with All Footnotes selected.

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Click the drop-down arrow on the Footnotes option box.

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Select Footnote Separator.

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You will now see the Footnotes Separator line.

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Note: If you are using an older version of Excel, yours may have an extra paragraph space underneath the line too. Just follow the same steps below to remove it.

Select over the Footnote Separator line, and if required, the extra empty space you want to delete.

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Press your Delete key. The Footnote Separator line, and any extra empty paragraphs you selected, will now be deleted.

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Now change back to the normal document view by going to the View tab and selecting Print Layout.

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Scroll to the bottom of your page to view the footnote. You should now have removed the footnote separator line from your footnote.

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Note: If you are in an older version of Excel, the extra paragraph space should have been deleted as well.

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About the author

Sharyn is an expert trainer. She became the first certified Microsoft® MOUS Authorised Instructor in New Zealand. She is endorsed by Microsoft® as a qualified Microsoft® Office Specialist and has more than 20 years of experience in the training industry, developing and delivering technology training workshops. Her approach to taking the “techie-speak” out of technology training has placed her as a preferred supplier to many of New Zealand’s leading organisations.

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