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    Footnotes (2003)

    For some reason, some of the footnotes in my document are way too high up and I want to push them down towards the bottom margin of the page. The footnote separator is currently at about 2.25”, leaving a huge amount of white space between the 2-line footnote and the footer. I want it to be at around 1.5”. I can push it down somewhat by reducing the current bottom margin from 1” to .1”, but it is still a bit high. Surprisingly, I can also push the footnote down when I delete the HEADER (not footer) of the page, which pushes the separator down about .5” to to around 1.75”. By the way, my footer is not anything elegant; it’s just a page number indicator.

    Is there a way to cause it to get it down to what should be its normal position without have to change my margins or header?

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    Re: Footnotes (2003)

    From the normal/draft view, you can view the footnote separator. Check for unwanted returns and space after paragraph setting.

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    Re: Footnotes (2003)

    Hi JMT,

    Check the settings for both:
    . bottom margin; and
    . 'from edge' footer position,
    in File|Page Setup. Together, these can affect your footnote position - especially if the latter is greater than the former. The reason you see a change when you add/delete a header is that adding a header invokes the footer parameters also and applies them to the document. Similarly, adding a footer invokes the header parameters.
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    Re: Footnotes (2003)

    Hello,

    I checked all of those settings and none of them appear to have solved the problem. I am attaching the document to see if you can take a look

    If it helps anyone to figure out the problem, when I place the cursor between the two pages in Page Layout view and then click on "Hide White Space," the problematic footnotes disappear, but the footnotes that are correctly formatted are visible.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks a lot!

    JMT
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    Re: Footnotes (2003)

    I haven't found out what causes it, but if I select everything, copy it and paste it into a new document, the footnotes behave as intended - they are justabove the bottom margin.

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    Re: Footnotes (2003)

    Well, that's a good enough solution for me.

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    Re: Footnotes (2003)

    Changing the setting in TOOLS-OPTIONS-COMPATIBILITY to Word 2003 seems to fix it too. This compatibility setting is on my “usual suspects” list for causes of odd behavior lately.

    Judy

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    Re: Footnotes (2003)

    Good catch! <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>

    Indeed, the document attached by jmt356 has been set for compatibility with Word 97. The option "Lay out footnotes as in Word 6.x/95/97" is the culprit - clearing that check box removes the problem.

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    Re: Footnotes (2003)

    When I opened the file in W2007, the problem wasn't there: the last lines of both footnotes rested at 9.6", and there was no extra space between the footnote text and the separator. I didn't think my result was relevant and so didn't report it. After Hans's and pingdat's replies, I deselected the "Lay out footnotes as in Word 6.x/95/97" option. It made no difference in the placement of the footnotes.
    Now, I think this bit of information might be good to know.

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    Re: Footnotes (2003)

    That's the first good thing I've heard about W2007 (I'm in 2003). At least I THINK it's good... I wonder what it signifies, that 2007 treats this compatibility option differently.

    In fact, I wonder what "Lay out footnotes as in Word 6.x/95/97" means, exactly, in pre-2007 versions. Maybe the footnotes setting is a really benign setting, but was buggie before 2007.

    Judy

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