How To Insert Footnotes In Pages

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Footnotes are an essential part of any document, providing a useful reference to the sources used and allowing readers to quickly look up additional information. But understanding how to insert footnotes in Pages can be a challenge. Fortunately, it’s not as hard as you might think!

In Pages, footnotes are inserted using the Insert Footnote command, which is found in the References menu. To add a footnote, click where you want to insert it in your document and then select References > Insert Footnote. Pages will automatically insert the footnote mark in the text and place the footnote at the bottom of the page. You can then type your footnote directly into this new space.

When adding an in-text citation in Pages, you can use the Citations sidebar to easily cite sources and format citations automatically according to whatever style guide you’re using (MLA, APA, etc). Simply place your cursor where you want the citation to appear and then point to the source in the sidebar and click Cite.

If there’s a # symbol appearing in your citation instead of a page number or other information, don’t worry; simply replace it with whatever information is needed or delete it if not applicable.

Finally, if you need the text from footnotes or endnotes included in your word count total, all you have to do is open up Word Count from the Review tab and check off “Include textboxes, footnotes, and endnotes”. This will add this text to your overall word count tally so that no words are left out!

Now that you know how easy it is to insert footnotes into Pages documents on Mac computers, you can confidently include all of your references while still keeping track of your word counts – making citations simple!

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Inserting a Footnote in Pages Using a Shortcut

The shortcut for inserting a footnote in Pages is Control+F. This shortcut will open a dialog box where you can type the text of your footnote, as well as specify its formatting. Once you have entered the desired text and formatting, click “Add” to add the footnote to your document.

Adding Footnote Numbers on a Mac

To add footnote numbers on a Mac, you will first need to open your document in Microsoft Word. Once the document is open, click where you would like to add the footnote number and then select References > Insert Footnote. This will insert a reference mark in the text and add a footnote mark at the bottom of the page. You can then type your footnote text into the space provided below the footnote mark. To return back to your place in the document, simply double-click on the footnote mark.

Adding Citations in Pages

Adding citations in Pages is a straightforward process. To begin, open your document and place your cursor where you want the citation to appear. Then, access the Citations sidebar (which can be found under the ‘View’ tab) and point to the source you wish to cite. Click ‘Cite’ and the citation will appear in your document. If a “#” appears in your citation, this should be replaced with the page number for your citation or deleted if no page number is applicable. For more detailed information on how to add citations to Pages, please refer to Apple Support’s official guide (Apple, 2019).

Adding a Footnote Word Count in Pages

In Pages, you can add a footnote word count to your document. To do this, start by navigating to the View tab and selecting Show Word Count. This will bring up a dialogue box containing the total number of words in your document, as well as options to include textboxes, footnotes, and endnotes in the count. Select the checkbox beside Include textboxes, footnotes, and endnotes. The total word count for your document will now include the words in any footnotes that you may have added. Additionally, when viewing an individual footnote, you can hover over its word count on the page to see its exact number of words. You can also view a breakdown of all your footnotes by their word counts from the Word Count dialogue box.

Adding a Footer in Pages for Mac

To add a footer in Pages for Mac, first, click anywhere within the page where you’d like to add it. Then, move your cursor to the bottom of the page until you see three footer fields appear. You can use any combination of these fields to create your footer. To enter information in the footer field, simply click on it and type your desired text. If you’d like to include images or other content in the footer, click the ‘Media’ icon in the top right corner of the Pages window and select a file from your computer. Finally, adjust any formatting you’d like for your footer by using the editing tools available at the top of your screen. When you’re finished, click outside of the header/footer area to close it and save your changes.

Inserting Footnotes Manually

To manually insert a footnote into your document, first, click where you want the reference to appear. Then, on the References tab of the ribbon, select either Insert Footnote or Insert Endnote. This will add a number or symbol at the beginning of the note which you can double-click to return to your place in the document. Enter any content you would like to appear in the footnote or endnote, such as a citation, explanatory note, or additional information. When you have finished editing, click anywhere else in your document to return and continue working.

Indenting Citations on Pages for Mac

To indent citations on Pages for Mac, begin by highlighting the citations. Click on the [Format Paintbrush] icon in the right-hand menu, then select Layout from the menu. In the Indents section, change both First and Left to 0.5. This will automatically reformat your text into a hanging indent. If not, click the Update button at the top right of the window to apply your changes.

Editing a Footnote in Pages

To edit a footnote in Pages, you can select the footnote by triple-clicking it. This will highlight the entire footnote, allowing you to change its font, size, or another formatting. Alternatively, you can triple-click the footnote and then single-click it to place your cursor inside the footnote and edit its text directly. To apply changes to the text or formatting of a footnote, simply make your changes and press “Return” on your keyboard to accept them.

Including Multiple Footnotes on One Page

To add multiple footnotes to a single page, you need to use the Cross-References feature in Microsoft Word. To do this, go to the Reference tab, then click on Cross-References in the Captions group. The Cross-References dialog box will appear. Select ‘Footnote’ from the Reference type dropdown menu and ‘Footnote number’ from the Insert reference dropdown menu. Select the appropriate footnotes from the For which footnote area, then click Insert. Repeat this process for each footnote you want to insert on the page.


In conclusion, footnotes are an important tool in any type of writing. They can provide additional information that is not included in the main text and can be used to cite sources or clarify points made in the main text. Footnotes also make it easier for readers to find the original source of a quote or other reference material. By using footnotes, writers can ensure that their work is properly cited and referenced, allowing them to prevent plagiarism and demonstrate their knowledge of a subject.

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