How To Add Footnotes In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to add footnotes in google docs.

How To Add Footnotes In Google Docs

Footnotes are notes placed at the bottom of a page that are indicated with superscript numbers. They are often used to either provide citations or to add additional information to a certain topic or point. Footnotes allow the writer to include more information about a subject without disrupting the flow of the main text.

Adding footnotes to a document is also a great way to add additional information without taking up too much space on the page. This is especially common when writing documents such as a research paper.

In this guide, we will show you how to add footnotes in Google Docs. We will explain how to create footnotes, as well as how to edit and delete them.

How to Insert Footnotes in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to insert footnotes in google docs.

Step 1

First, open the document you want to add footnotes to.

Step 2

Next, select the word, phrase, or sentence you want to add a footnote to.

Step 3

We can add a footnote to the selected text by selecting Insert > Footnote. We can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + F.

Step 4

A superscript number will appear after the selected text. An equivalent superscript number will appear in a section below the current page.

You can now click on the section below to start typing your footnote.

Step 5

Google Docs allows us to place two or more footnotes in the same page.

Step 6

To delete a footnote, use your cursor to select the superscript.

Hit the Backspace or Delete key to remove both the superscript and associated footnote.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to add footnotes in Google Docs.

You may make a copy of this example document to test it out on your own.