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How do I get footnotes (Word 2017) to group by chapter?

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First I need some advice...

If I have 15 chapters, each with between 5-25 footnotes at the end. Shall I try and keep them at the end of each chapter?

I plan to create a PDF and sell the PDF.

Does the existence of footnotes distract from the next chapter? Or is it a useful way to segment the footnotes?


If so, how do I do this with Word (2017 for Mac)?

Conversely...

If I decide to put them ALL at the bottom, after the final chapter, Word would do this automatically. I could easily update the footnotes, by inserting the Chapter numbers, since al the footnotes should, in theory, be organized sequentially.

What's your advice??
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Retired
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you have 2 choices for the placement
  1. FOOTNOTE at the bottom of the page
  2. ENDNOTE at the end of the document/section.
Add footnotes and endnotes in Word 2016 for Mac
Applies To: Word 2016 for Mac

You can use footnotes and endnotes in documents to explain, comment on, or provide references to something you've mentioned in your document. Usually, footnotes appear at the bottom of the page and endnotes come at the end of the document or section.
The only way to get them at the end of each chapter is to create a new section for each chapter. I think it is less confusing this way (end of chapter) since you don't have to go the the end of the document to read them.
Paul SauvéRetired
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If I decide to put them ALL at the bottom, after the final chapter, Word would do this automatically. I could easily update the footnotes, by inserting the Chapter numbers, since al the footnotes should, in theory, be organized sequentially.

as above: Add footnotes and endnotes in Word 2016 for Mac (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Add-footnotes-and-endnotes-in-Word-2016-for-Mac-ba7bc132-0408-4a30-951f-e9f91af67523) has a section on numbering: Customize footnotes and endnotes
Colleen Kayter4D Assets
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Newbie, is this book for any particular industry or profession? One for which the book's formatting should use a particular style guide for the sake of credibility? e.g., MLA, Chicago, APA? I ask because that might impact your decision about note placement.

Paul also mentioned using sections and I highly recommend this. Creating a separate section for each chapter would simplify printing individual chapters to PDF (you never know when that might come in handy), inserting unique headers/footers (e.g., chapter number, chapter title), etc. As an example, 4 times a year I update an 800-page legal reference for one of my clients. There is a separate section for each state so we've ghosted in the name of the state in the margin so readers could see at a glance they were still in the correct section.

Additionally, it sounds like you have a lot of references for this book. You might take the time to familiarize yourself with Citation Manager. This creates an attached database of all your reference materials, enables you to drop a source into a foot/endnote, and generate a bibliography that is formatted in conformation to a style guide.

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Add-citations-in-Word-2016-for-Mac-bfe86d38-9b6d-4d9a-98a4-6733e40c4536

If you need help with finalizing this, my rates are very reasonable. You can do most of the work yourself and hire me for a last run-thru on formatting...
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thanks

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