How to Convert Footnotes and Endnotes in Word 2010

You just finished a long paper and you reread the directions and notice that the professor wants you to use footnotes and you created endnotes. Or maybe the opposite is true, you used footnotes and now realize you need to use endnotes. Luckily, you can easily convert footnotes to endnotes and vice versa with just a few mouse clicks.

Convert All Footnotes to Endnotes or Vice Versa

Convert all footnotes or endnotes
Convert all footnotes or endnotes. Photo © Rebecca Johnson

AS said in the introduction, you can convert your footnotes to endnotes or endonotes to footnotes with just a few mouse clicks!

  1. Click the Show Footnotes and Endnotes Dialog Box button in the lower right corner of the Footnotes section on the References tab.
  2. Click the Convert button.
  3. Select Concert All Footnotes to Endnotes, Convert All Endnotes to Footnotes, or Swap Footnotes and Endnotes.
  4. Click OK.

You footnotes have been converted to endnotes or your endnotes have been converted to footnotes or both with four simple mouse clicks! Viola!

Convert a Single Footnote to an Endnote or Vice Versa

Convert Individual Footnotes or Endnotes
Convert Individual Footnotes or Endnotes. Photo © Rebecca Johnson

You also have the ability to convert a single footnote or endnote to the other. This comes in handy if you used footnotes, for say, definitions or pieces of explanatory text, and you used endnotes for references. It is easy to make a mistake and insert a footnote where an endnote should be or the other way around.

  1. Click Draft on the View tab in the Document View section. You must be in Draft view to complete this procedure.
  2. Click Show Notes on the References tab in the Footnotes section.
  3. Highlight the footnote or endnote that you want to convert in the Notes area.
  4. Right-click on the highlighted note and choose Convert to Endnote or Convert to Footnote. Your footnote or endnote is converted.
  5. Repeat the above steps for any remaining footnotes and endnotes that you need to convert.

Give It a Try!

Now that you see just how easy adding endnotes to your document can be, try it the next time you need to write a research paper or long document! Now that you have seen how to convert all your footnotes or endnotes, or even just an individual one, give it a try!

You will have your notes converted in just a few clicks and almost no time! For information on how to insert a footnote or endnote, read How to Insert Footnotes in Word or How to Insert Endnotes in Word.

Using Word 2007? Make sure and read How to Insert Footnotes in Word 2007, How to Insert Endnotes in Word 2007, and How to Convert Footnotes and Endnotes in Word 2007.