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Suddenly cannot add additional pointers to existing footnote

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Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

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For literally years I have been developing very complex tables in InDesign. These tables are giant, ugly and contain tons of footnotes. On top of which, I frequently need to add follow-up 'footnotes' that are, themselves, just cross-reference pointers to existing footnotes.

 

It is entirely possible that I am missing something basic, but I'd really like to know how to do this. Especially as how I've been accomplishing this for many years. And now, for whatever reason, I cannot do it anymore. I thought this was a basic cross-reference (where I select from the appropriate footnote) and then the dynamic number shows up (so that if I were to re-number, all is well).

 

I hope this makes sense. I'm just confounded to be stopped like this. Any ideas?

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Contributor , Nov 03, 2021 Nov 03, 2021
It's an MS Word thing and I've been bouncing around a bunch of different (and old) source docs. I am positive that I have hallucinated that functionality. Ugh. What a year. Thank you so much for following up, but you can disregard this.

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Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

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Follow-up: I am still unable to figure this out. I have attempted Hyperlinks -> Type & Cross-Referencing but that window does not allow me to select an existing footnote and have that footnote's number appear in-text just like a regular footnote.

 

Update: Has this feature been removed? Because if so, I have to do my designs in MS Word and that's a horrifying prospect.  I need to revert to whichever version of INDD dropped this functionality. It's the key to my entire process-flow.

 

Update Update: Did I hallucinate this functionality? I'm lost and can't find an allusion to it..

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Nov 03, 2021 Nov 03, 2021

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Hi @Mwarren ,

 

Can you please help me understand the structure of the document, that you are using, a bit more by aswering following questions:

  1.  Are you using Table footnotes or a cross-references within a table to mimic the behavior of footnotes?
  2.  Is it not possible to add another footnote to a footnote text in InDesign, hence I want to understand how you have created these 'follow-up' footnotes. Any INDD document with such example would be of help. If feasible, please send a document with such example to sharewithid@adobe.com with title same as that of this forum thread.
  3. Maybe you can try accessing cross-references from panel which you can activate from Windows->Type & Tables-> Cross-References.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Best Regards,

Prateek

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Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

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Hey - can you post some examples as screenshots as to what is happening?

 

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It's an MS Word thing and I've been bouncing around a bunch of different (and old) source docs. I am positive that I have hallucinated that functionality. Ugh. What a year.

 

Thank you so much for following up, but you can disregard this.

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