- You can add footnotes to a Google Doc on the web or in the Google Docs mobile app.
- It’s easy to add footnotes in Google Docs on the web by using the toolbar to select “Insert,” and then “Footnote” in your desired location.
- The built-in feature automatically adds a supercript number where you want the note, then takes you to the bottom of the page to add your text.
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Write enough academic papers and you learn to love footnotes.
They can provide useful context and allow you to show your work, giving the reader access to, and an idea of, all the hours you spent researching and synthesizing complex information.
But you don’t have to be an academic to use footnotes. In general, the most useful footnotes provide not just a notation about where the information in the text came from, but also gives a link for quick access.
If you use Google Docs, footnotes are a built-in feature you can take advantage of right away. Here’s how to add them to any document, whether you’re on the web or using the Google Docs mobile app.
How to add footnotes in Google Docs
1. Click your cursor at the point in the document where you want to add a footnote (this way, a notation will automatically be added to the correct spot).
2. In the toolbar at the top of the document, select “Insert” and then “Footnote.” Alternatively, you can use the shortcut Control-Alt-F on PC, or Command-Option-F on Mac.
3. The document will automatically add a superscript number to where you placed the cursor, and a footnote notation at the bottom of the page, along with a line of delineation.
4. Type out your footnote in the space provided. Format the footnote in the citation style of your choice.
How to add footnotes in Google Docs using the mobile app
If you’re using the Google Docs mobile app for Android or iOS, adding footnotes is just as easy as it is on the web.
1. Open the document and tap the cursor where you want the footnote.
2. Tap the plus symbol at the top of your screen to open the Insert menu.
3. Scroll down and click “Footnote.”
4. The app will bring you to the bottom of the page, where you can type your footnote text.