Whether you’re writing an academic paper or you simply need to give your readers access to the resources you used to write a document, adding footnotes to your document is essential.

You can easily add footnotes in Google Docs because they are a built-in feature of the word processor.

Here’s how to add footnotes in Google Docs in a few easy steps.

1. Using your cursor, click at the point where you want to add a footnote in the document.

2. Select “Insert” and then choose “Footnote” in the toolbar of the document. You can also use shortcuts to do this: Command-Option-F on Mac or Control-Alt-F on PC.


3. You’ll see a superscript number in the place where you placed your cursor plus a footnote at the bottom of the page.

4. Type your footnote and format it as needed.

Related: How to Convert PDFs to Google Docs

You can also add footnotes in Google Docs if you use the mobile version.

  1. Open your document and tap the place where you want to place the footnote.
  2. Tap the “+” sign at the top of the screen and open the “Insert” menu.
  3. Tap “Footnote”.
  4. You’ll be brought automatically to the bottom of the page to insert your footnote.

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