Microsoft small business knowledge base

Article ID: 142460 - Last Review: August 17, 2005 - Revision: 2.2

This article was previously published under Q142460

On This Page


This article describes how to remove the separator from a footnote or endnote in Microsoft Word.


Use the method appropriate for your version of Word.

Microsoft Word 6.x, 7.x, 98 Macintosh Edition

  1. On the View menu, click Normal.
  2. On the View menu, click Footnotes.
  3. In the Footnotes pane, click the down arrow next to All Footnotes or All Endnotes, and select Footnote Separator or Endnote Separator. The separator appears.
  4. Select the separator and delete it.

Word for the Macintosh, version 5.0

  1. On the Insert menu, click Footnote.
  2. Click Separator.
  3. Select the separator and delete it.

Word for the Macintosh, version 4.0

To remove the footnote separator (or footnote continuation separator) from a Word 4.0 document, you must replace it with at least one character (for example, a space).

This restriction exists to prevent problems with empty text areas in Page View.

Word for Windows, versions 1.0 and 2.0

  1. On the Insert Menu, click Footnote.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click Separator.
  4. Select the separator line with the mouse, with the insertion point positioned before the separator line.
  5. Once the separator is selected, press the SPACEBAR once (to replace the separator with a space).
  6. Click Close.
To avoid an extra blank line between the text and the footnotes, format the remaining paragraph in the footnote separator window for -1 point line spacing.

  • Microsoft Word 1.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 1.1 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 2.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 2.0a
  • Microsoft Word for Windows 2.0b
  • Microsoft Word 2.0c
  • Microsoft Word 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 6.0a
  • Microsoft Word 6.0c
  • Microsoft Word 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 95a
  • Microsoft Word 4.0 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 5.0 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 6.0 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 6.01 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 98 for Macintosh
kbformat kbhowto KB142460
Retired KB ArticleRetired KB Content Disclaimer
This article was written about products for which Microsoft no longer offers support. Therefore, this article is offered "as is" and will no longer be updated.
Additional support options
Ask The Microsoft Small Business Support Community
Contact Microsoft Small Business Support
Find Microsoft Small Business Support Certified Partner
Find a Microsoft Store For In-Person Small Business Support