Google Docs: How to Add Footnotes or End notes

The first thing that comes to a writers mind while writing an editorial write up, an article, a book or an academic paper, is to add footnotes.

What is a Footnote?

Footnote refers to an additional piece of information that is added at the bottom of the page.

In a footnote, you may include various links or books that you have studied for your research and basis on which you are writing your article.

How to Add a Footnote to Google Docs / Google Documents?

Google Docs comes really handy when it comes to managing or editing documents online that are shared with more than 1 people or not shared at all. It keeps on saving changes you make automatically, so you don’t lose your progress even if you will have a surprise system shutdown which is awesome.

Another best feature of Google Word Document is that you can actually add footnotes to pages so you don’t lose track of anything. I really love this feature.

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Here’s how you can add a footnote to a Google Doc:

a) Go to Google Drive

b) Open a new Google Doc or any existing Document that you want to add a footnote to.

c) Click on “Insert” from the toolbar. Upon clicking on the insert, you will see a dropdown menu.

d) Click on Footnote



e) Edit your footnote as you need it to be.




Another way to add a Footnote is by using keyboard shortcut keys. Check below:

To add a Footnote using a keyboard shortcut, follow step 1 and 2 from above then press “Ctrl + Alt + F”.

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how to add end note then … as footnote is different from end note