# How to navigate between footnotes with the keyboard

In writer, since the last update (4.2.1.1. on MacOS 10.8), I am unable to move the cursor from one footnote to the next or previous one with the arrow keys on my keyboard. The cursor can only be moved within the footnote text. This is very annoying to me, since I am working on a large text with many footnotes and occasionally have to move between footnotes, doing small adjustments within them or copying text between them. I'd really like to do that from the keyboard again instead using the mouse to click into the footnote.

Is there any way how I can turn this feature back on? Or is this a bug?

Thank you all for your help!

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Yes, a bug as Regina says below. The suggested workaround is unpalatable to me. Anyway, besides 4.1.5, 4.1.6 is also unaffected. Something in 4.2 spoilt it. I suggest you all make your voices heard at the bug report website as Regina has shown.

( 2014-09-29 08:58:35 +0100 )edit

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If you are in the footnote area, arrow up and down should indeed move between the footnotes. That does not work in LO4.2.1. It is bug https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=75137

There are some other commands in the category "Navigate", which might work as workaround: Go back to text, go to next footnote anchor, go to footnote text. You can assign the command to a shortcut key by Tools > Customize > Keyboard.

• Edit Footnote/Endnote : currently here Ctrl+Shift+PgDown;

• To Footnote Anchor : Toggles between footnote in the footnote area at the bottom of the page and footnote anchor in the text

• To Next Footnote : Goes to next footnote anchor, when cursor is in the text.

• To Previous Footnote : Goes to previous footnote anchor, when cursor is in the text.

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Thank you, Regina, for the feedback! I hope that this gets fixed soon.

I downloaded the 4.1.5. version just in case - if the problem persists, I'll downgrade for the time being.

( 2014-02-25 09:10:26 +0100 )edit

Thanks. I will also downgrade to 4.1.5

( 2014-04-07 12:44:50 +0100 )edit

I've upgraded to 4.1.6.2 and am sticking with it till the bug is fixed.

( 2014-09-29 09:00:11 +0100 )edit

I've made some macros that allow navigation to previous and next footnotes, working around this bug (so doing the workaround in the accepted answer). You can save Navigation.bas or copy the contents into a macro file on your system, and then assigned keyboard shortcuts (I have Alt-Shift-PgDown and Alt-Shift-PgUp) to the NavigateNextFootnote and NavigatePreviousFootnote subroutines.

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