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Aligning Footnote Reference Marks with Decimal Tabs

PSS ID Number: Q47822 Article last modified on 11-02-1994

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When using footnotes at the point where a decimal tab is located, Word shifts the numerical value that is decimal aligned (without a decimal point) one position to the left. This problem occurs when using a number for the footnote reference.

For example, with the number 1000 typed in, put a decimal tab at 3 inches. At this point, choose Format Footnote and allow Word to automatically number this. The number 1000 now moves one space to the left and the number 10001 will be aligned on the decimal.

To work around this problem, insert a decimal immediately following the numerical value and format it for hidden text. In the above example, if you typed in “1000.” (without the quotation marks) with the decimal formatted as hidden text, Word will line it up correctly.

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