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Funky footnote issues, including a missing footnote #

asked 2016-12-02 21:43:29 +0100

Mark7 gravatar image

My environment is LibreOffice on Windows 7 SP1

In a particular monograph, I experience the following footnote anomalies.

Typically, I can delete footnotes by selecting the footnote number ("anchor") in the main text and hitting the Delete key (just as you would expect). Footnote #1, when I attempt this, is NOT deleted; it remains at the bottom of the page even though its associated anchor (in-text reference) is gone. While I can proceed to delete the text of this footnote, I cannot get rid of the note's number. This item remains in the footnote chain (i.e., I can navigate through the footnotes page by page, and this first footnote is part of that chain).

Footnote #4 does not exist. If I insert a note ahead of #5, the new note becomes #5 and the following notes are renumbered. Footnote 4 seems to be impossible to create.

This monograph contains a "section" (labeled "Analysis"). When I open the dialog Format > Sections... > Options > Footnotes/Endnotes, I might, for example, check "Collect at end of text" and set "Restart numbering" to 1. Nothing happens. Nothing ever happens / changes no matter what I try to apply using this dialog.

Is there anything I can do to make these things work? I particularly would like to eliminate the gap in the footnote numbers.

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answered 2016-12-02 23:49:24 +0100

floris v gravatar image

If this strange behavior only happens in a single file, it's possible that it has become somewhat corrupted - not bad enough to become unreadable, but still corrupted. That can sometimes be fixed by wholesale copy/paste to a new, blank document. If it happens more often, it may help to reset your user profile. See - important: rename the folder, don't delete it.

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Copy & paste did make footnote #1 deletable but did not solve the problem of not being able to insert footnote #4 or renumber the footnotes. [And copying doesn't handle my complicated headers and footers, sadly.] Good suggestion and may help me out sometime. Thanks.

Mark7 gravatar imageMark7 ( 2016-12-03 00:41:13 +0100 )edit
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