footnotes in two columns

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In a page with one-column text, how can I insert footnotes in two columns

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 26, 2018 Dec 26, 2018
Hmmm. Typically users are trying to do the opposite. That is to say have footnotes appear in one column when the text is in two columns. There's no way I can think of to do this. The footnote will always be inserted into the frame in which the footnote reference is inserted. You can have the footnotes span two columns but not split the footnotes into two columns of a single column frame.

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Dec 26, 2018 Dec 26, 2018

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Hmmm. Typically users are trying to do the opposite. That is to say have footnotes appear in one column when the text is in two columns. There's no way I can think of to do this. The footnote will always be inserted into the frame in which the footnote reference is inserted. You can have the footnotes span two columns but not split the footnotes into two columns of a single column frame.

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Dec 22, 2020 Dec 22, 2020

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After two years, is there still no answer in relation to this issue: two column footnotes in a single column text page?

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Dec 22, 2020 Dec 22, 2020

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Hi @Nikitas6C1C:

 

No, this has not changed.

 

You can log a feature request here: https://indesign.uservoice.com/

 

~Barb

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after another 2 years, still no solution to this problem? I cannot believe that

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Apr 04, 2022 Apr 04, 2022

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Hi muttaki,

still the case, yes.

Even if you have a two-column text frame and the main text spans all columns the footnote text will follow this layout. Splitting columns of the footnote text is not possible either.

 

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Uwe Laubender

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Apr 04, 2022 Apr 04, 2022

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well, don't you adobe admins think about finding a solution to this problem?

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Apr 04, 2022 Apr 04, 2022

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We Adobe Community Professionals are no Adobe employees.

Just users like you.

Best support a feature request at InDesign UserVoice on this or do you own.

Believe me, I'm all with you!

 

Ah. There is already one. Vote for this request:

 

Improving the various options of footnotes
Avraham, Nov 4, 2020

2) Option to split footnotes into a number of columns is different from the main text (not just span footnotes but complete control over the number of columns)

https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/41850601-im...

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Well, footnotes_columns_convert.jsx by Peter Kahrel could be an option, yes.

Last maintained in April 2011.

So be aware that it could fail in certain situations with versions of InDesign that support footnotes in tables for example. Did not test this. And I cannot tell if it will work with type set with the World Ready Paragraph Composer for Hebrew or Arabic.

 

Just test it.

And let Peter know how it goes.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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