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There are some strange footnotes in text that look like this:

strange footnotes

in text:

enter image description here

At the university, we were given a task to remake in LaTeX a very old Soviet book on mathematical analysis by Grigoriy Fichtenholz. So I found these footnotes in the text. And they are everywhere. And I don't know what to do with them. Is there any command to change style of \footnote? Or there is some special way?

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Just two footnotes or all of them? – Alenanno Mar 13 at 10:02
Welcome to TeX.SX! Can you also show how the footnote marker appears in the text? – egreg Mar 13 at 10:27
I added one more screenshot – Dmitry Volobuev Mar 13 at 10:33
See this and this. – user 170039 Mar 13 at 14:59
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This can work only if you use a “per page” numbering of footnotes. Next, the typesetting of the marker must be modified.


% three should be sufficient
% we want a nonbreaking space before the marker in text
% we want the marker normal size and not superscripted, with )
\settowidth{\footnotemargin}{***) }
\patchcmd{\@makefntext}{\hss\@makefnmark}{\hss \@makefnmark\ }{}{}

\textheight=2cm % just for the example


First footnote\footnote{Some long text that should wrap
across at least two lines; just add text just add text
just add text just add text just add text.}.
Now another footnote just to see what happens\footnote{Try this.}.


enter image description here

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Oh wow. This is exactly what I needed. Thank you! – Dmitry Volobuev Mar 13 at 11:48
and another question: How do I reset style of footnotes back to numeric? – Dmitry Volobuev Mar 13 at 14:20
@DmitryVolobuev That's a completely different question; please ask a new one with all the needed details. Do you want two different sets of footnotes? – egreg Mar 13 at 14:22
Yep. I need two different sets of footnotes – Dmitry Volobuev Mar 13 at 14:25
here – Dmitry Volobuev Mar 13 at 14:43

Here's a setup with \textasteriskcentered (providing for *,**,*** at the moment only) and using footmisc.

There's a wiley set of footmisc, which has *, ** already, but not ***, if this should be needed at all.




A footnote on foo\footnote{foo} and another footnote on foobar\footnote{foobar} and yet another one\footnote{foobar foo}

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Footnotes are not common *, **, *** ... They are look like this *), **), ***), ****), ... – Dmitry Volobuev Mar 13 at 10:25
@DmitryVolobuev: Adding the ) is easy if they appear this way in text also – Christian Hupfer Mar 13 at 10:31
Note, though, that in the original text the ) seems not to be superscript. – tobias_k Mar 13 at 11:44

I don't quite understand your question, so I'll answer all possible answers :)

If you mean to ask how to make a footnote then the answer is using the command

\footnote{A strange russian footnote}

If you mean to ask how to use symbols for your footnote rather than numbers, then the answer would be to add the following to your preamble


If you mean to ask how to use *) and then **) as the footnote symbols the answer (as given HERE) is you'd have to add The following to your preamble

\def\@fnsymbol#1{\ensuremath{\ifcase#1\or *)\or \or **) \or ***) \or  
    \dagger\or \ddagger\or \mathsection\or \mathparagraph\or \|\or \dagger\dagger
    \or \ddagger\ddagger \else\@ctrerr\fi}}

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Footnotes are not common *, **, *** ... They are look like this *), **), ***), ****), ... – Dmitry Volobuev Mar 13 at 10:24
I fixed my answer accordingly – Elad Den Mar 13 at 10:49

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