How do I add multiple references to the same footnote in Google Docs?

When adding footnotes the usual way (selecting Insert > Footnote in the menu), a new footnote is created every time. But if I want to refer to the same written explanation or bibliographical source multiple times, there's seemingly no way to do that.

Example (what I want to achieve)

  • How do supplier evaluations1 typically happen?
  • What criteria for selection, evaluation og re-evaluations1 are typically used?

... rest of page ...

1 ISO 9001:2008: 7.4.1 Purchasing Process

While I understand this is "bad style" (productforums.google.com...) I think this way of referencing makes it obvious to the reader that the same source is being referenced multiple times, and she/he doesn't have to move attention down to the bottom of the page in order to see what is referenced every time.

  • 2
    I take it from the responses that this is not possible.
    – Josh Diehl
    Commented Aug 4, 2019 at 2:22
  • 2020 Update: Looks possible, despite bad style from darnalisa's answer below for me. Very useful for table/cell annotation.
    – Lam Chau
    Commented Sep 19, 2020 at 21:32
  • @LamChau can you tell us how. Commented Mar 7, 2021 at 10:21

3 Answers 3


Command (for Macs), "." to add another superscript, then type the number of the footnote you're referencing. warning, the number will not change with the original footnote.

For example:

blah blah blah.1

blah blah.1

1 blah

But if you add another footnote before it (changing the number) it will not change with it (so just change it):

blah blah.1
blah blah blah.2

blah blah.1

1 blah
2 blah blah

To keep using the automatic footnote option, manually add 'a' to the first ref. using the superscript function under the format tab. Then manually label the second ref. '1b'. This way your footnotes will not be out of sequence when you continue to use the auto footnote tool.

  • If I need to add, say, "3-7" that does will not work...if, say, the 4, 5, 6th footnotes weren't already added somewhere...
    – serge
    Commented Aug 23, 2018 at 14:41

It's possible, you have to manually do it. Just click or put your curser where you want to repeat the endnote number then go to format. There should be a subscript option, just click on it and then you can type any number in.

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