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How can I place the body of a word document in one text box and the footnotes/endnotes in another?

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Feb 02, 2024 Feb 02, 2024

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I'm working on a two-page document that needs to (unfortunately) be reviewed and edited after it has been put into design by our legal department, who said they can only work with edits in Microsoft Word so that they can use their diff-check.*

 

I've had luck placing my word document  into my .indd file and linking it so that I can edit in Word and have the edits reflect in InDesign. I've been able to redifine styles to match what I want etc. etc. The only trouble I'm having still is that the footnotes are imported into the same text box as the main body text. If I were doing a single-column document, this would probably not be an issue, but the format we're using is a multi-column format and the footnotes are getting jammed into the individual columns under their references.

 

Previously in the old copy-and-paste days, I had a nicely placed, separate footnote box for these things. How might I replicate that with a linked Word doc? In other words, how can I place the body of my text from a Word document in one place, and the references in another, and still have them be linked to the original Word document?

 

Thank you!

*yes, I know there are other ways to do that, but they don't have the time or bandwidth to learn them, and I'm not in a position to argue.

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Feb 02, 2024 Feb 02, 2024

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First, take a look at Text/Document Footnote options, there is an option to span over the columns* 😉

 

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*This applies to all footnotes, but you can set it on separate frames when you want


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Second: check out WordsFlow, because linking to Word files means loosing formatting when updating unless you use WorksFlow http://emsoftware.com/products/wordsflow/

 

 

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Feb 12, 2024 Feb 12, 2024

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That's definitely helpful and I can use it in some cases, but if it's possible I'd still like the ability to do what I was requesting in the first place: move footnotes to a separate text box. That's how we've handled it manually and it's allowed us to do some things with graphical elements that we can't as easily if it spans the full body text box. Would Wordsflow allow for this?

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