# Controlling footnote style

I have been using LibreOffice for a while; currently have 5.1.5.2.

My school has certain standards for formatting. I have modified styles and used "update to current selection" successfully. I then copy one document an delete the text to write the next document. This gets me the same re-defined styles, with two exceptions.

1. I am not allowed to change the style of the footnote indicator.

2. Every time I copy a document, the style of the footnote text has been changed back to the default. I have to change it again, and the change lasts until I save and close the document. Until today! Today, when I tried to "update to current selection," it instead changed the selection back to the default footnote style!

Is it a bug, or is there some special different way to handle footnotes? (If there is, it's not a bug, it's bad design.)

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Once you have the doc the way you want it, it would be better to save the doc as template, and then start subsequent docs from that template. You can delete all text before the save, so new docs will be blank. Alternatively, you can "Load Styles" from the original document, but the first way is more direct.

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What I am doing is nearly the same: copy an old document, replace the text. But that is irrelevant to the question. The problems are (apparently) (1) changes to the footnote style are NOT saved; and (2) I can't find a way to change the ugly default style of the footnote number.

( 2016-10-15 01:29:38 +0200 )edit

Footnotes are controlled by three styles: one paragraph style for the actual text (called, appropriately "Footnote") and two character styles for the footnote indicator, the first one used to format the footnote "anchor" (the number you see on the text area) and called "Footnote anchor" and the other used on the footnote area and called "Footnote characters". Just open the styles and formatting editor (F11) and modify those styles according to your needs.

My advice: avoid updating styles "from selection" and always use the style editor, everything will be easier and more predictable ;)

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OK, I will hunt for that footnote character. Didn't find it looking before. Character styles stored in a different menu than paragraph styles? And I'll check whether it will save the change that way. It's still either a bug or bad design that "from selection" changes are saved except when they are "footnote"

( 2016-10-15 01:31:07 +0200 )edit

Character styles are listed on the second tab on the styles and formatting tool

( 2016-10-15 14:37:27 +0200 )edit