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Footnote formatting, indent first line but leave space between number and footnote

asked 2018-05-03 07:24:01 +0200

labarna gravatar image

updated 2018-05-03 07:24:22 +0200

I'm trying to replicate a style guideline from a publisher.

They want the first line of the footnote indented, then the footnote number, a small space, and then the text of the footnote with the same margins as the main page text.

I can't figure out how to justify the paragraph like this in LO while retaining the space between the number and the text of the footnote.

Here's the text of the guidelines as an example:

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answered 2018-05-03 07:35:29 +0200

labarna gravatar image

Ok, with the help of a previous question I was able to figure it out and answer my own questions.

First you want your footnote paragraph (modifying the footnote paragraph style) to have no indent before or after the text, but an indent on the first line:

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This will push the first line of the footnote over including the number.

Next you want to go to Tools -> Footnotes and Endnotes and insert a certain number of "spaces" in the After box in the first section under Autonumbering:

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You can see them selected there in the screenshot.

Finally to get the footnote numbers to be superscript in the footnote itself, you need to modify the character style Footnote Characters and set the Position to Superscript:

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Finally we have our properly formatted footnote:

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To improve your answer and get closer to the original publisher's guide, you can use EN-QUAD U+2000 or EN-SPACE U+2002 as the after spacer (instead of a certain number of "spaces" which could be affected by justification).

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2018-05-03 08:13:09 +0200 )edit

Thank you that's very useful.

labarna gravatar imagelabarna ( 2018-05-04 07:12:33 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-05-03 12:02:12 +0200

pierre-yves samyn gravatar image


It is possible to be more precise by using tabs.

Edit Footnote (paragraph style):

  • zero indent (before, after, first line)
  • tabs: insert 2 tabs (the first to position the number, the second to position the text)

Then ToolsFootnotes & EndnotesBefore (and After)▸\t

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HTH - Regards

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Thanks, ajittoz's answer to my post above provides even more specificity.

labarna gravatar imagelabarna ( 2018-05-04 07:13:03 +0200 )edit
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