Restore footnote continuation notice
Please restore the footnote continuation notice feature for lengthy footnotes that carry over to the next page, which existed and worked until Word 2013. Such footnotes may be rare in other types of writing, but they are occasionally necessary in legal appellate briefs and complicated pleadings. When they don't carry over in the middle of a sentence, it's not obvious there's more on the next page. For now, those who want a footnote continuation notice must save their briefs in Word '97-03 format; then it works. (I now do that with all my briefs just in case a footnote gets split to the next page.) But this is not an obvious or long-term solution. To most users, the feature just disappeared and isn't available anymore.
The elimination of footnote continuation notices makes the product less useful to legal users. By cutting this feature, I believe MS has further alienated attorney users, for many of whom this was a critical feature. It may not be well known outside the legal community, but there is an alternate word processing program that continues to exist for Win that many attorneys still use. Microsoft's inattention to this market segment's needs is well known and discussed in legal writer circles, driving lawyers to that other company's product, and this is a prime example. I have heard from colleagues and other sources that, in contrast with MS, the other company continues to take the legal niche market carefully into account. Please restore this previously working feature, Microsoft.
This makes me very angry. For, it combines several typical Microsoft stupidities. 1) It is unclear whether this is a bug or deliberate. 2) If it is deliberate, the user is not told how the change works. 3) There is a workaround, but it is very involved. 4) If the change is deliberate, it is the removal of a necessary feature by people who have no idea about their users. EDIT: The workaround that I found posted somewhere involves using Word's 'compatibility options'. I find though that the section in Word's options labelled 'compatibility options' is . . blank.
Footnote continuance notices are imperative when preparing legal documents. The fact that this was not brought over to Word 2016 is extremely disappointing. The partners I support rely on the notices when drafting their documents. To have the fix be to save to it the prior version of Word seems backwards. This needs to be a part of Word 2016.
This problem was never addressed in Word for Mac. 2018 and still no footnote continuation notices or separators.
Footnote options are vital in legal documents. There should be an option for stating how many lines you want until it splits the footnote on to the next page (there isn't one I can find). The footnote continuation notice is absolutely vital. These options need to be fixed in Word 2016. I am a legal software trainer, and I get these questions all of the time.
This is still an issue in Word 2016.
Alixx Ortiz-Roberts commented
And it does not seem to be fixed in Word 2016.
Alixx Ortiz-Roberts commented
Having the separator continuation notice is not rare for academic writing. What befuddles me is why MS would discontinue this feature in new releases if its not broken (was it broken?) Do actual users make these decisions?
I see that this problem has now been fixed in the latest build of Word 2016. Thanks -- but it doesn't help me. My office uses the latest version of Word 2013 and has no plans to upgrade to Word 2016. (I think that's due to lack of funds -- we're in local government.) I'm still stuck saving all my documents as .doc rather than .docx so that this feature works. Please also fix in Word 2013. Thanks.