As most of you already know, when you insert a footnote into your text in your Word document, it gets added to the bottom of your page by default and it is accompanied by a short line and an blank paragraph to separate it from the body of your document.
The footnote and it’s separator line are based on the Normal style, so if you have adjusted your paragraph spacing (either above or below) in the style, you may get a lot more space that you need or want.
Usually it is the blank paragraph has most folks gnashing their teeth because it adds unwanted space in front of your footnotes when there is already a separator that you can see in the line. The good news is you can correct this and have things your way!
Follow the steps below to learn how:
For our purposes, you have to have at least one footnote in your document before you can follow along using the steps below.
- You also must be in Draft view. You can just click the View tab on your Ribbon and in the Views group click Draft.
Once you are in Draft view, click on the References tab on your Ribbon and in the Footnotes group, click Show Notes.
- You will now see the footnote separator line and the blank paragraph at the bottom of your screen.
- Using the drop-down arrow, change the Footnotes setting from All Footnotes to Footnote Separator.
- Now you can see the blank paragraph.
- Place your cursor at the end of the separator line and click Delete to remove the blank paragraph below.
- Click the X at the far right of your footnote to close it.
- Now change your view back to Print Layout.
You can now see that the blank paragraph has disappeared!