I would like footnote numbering to continue over pages and chapters. In my document it's reset every chapter. I'm using the report documentclass.

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    Same for book class...
    – hola
    Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 8:21

2 Answers 2


Use \counterwithout.





Some text.\footnote{The first footnote.}


Some text.\footnote{The second footnote.}


continuous numbering independent of chapter

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    In a current LaTeX (not older than 2018-04-01), \counterwithout is part of the kernel, so the \usepackage{chngcntr} is not needed any more. See latex-project.org/news/latex2e-news/ltnews28.pdf
    – moewe
    Commented Jan 11, 2019 at 15:33
  • This did not work in my case... I am using University of Chicago's ETD document class from here: github.com/mvzink/ucetd-latex Commented Mar 2, 2020 at 17:25
  • If you use \counterwithout with current LaTeX, avoid loading chngcntr package, because it messes up numbers of references to figures.
    – mmj
    Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 16:37

\counterwithout{footnote}{chapter} provides a separate sequence of footnote numbers in each chapter, apparently only if the chapter does not contain sections, which each have a different sequence of footnotes, using letters instead of numbers, without being commanded to do so.

  • This isn't what \counterwithout does and, if it was, this wouldn't answer the question, while, if it doesn't, it's just duplicating the existing answer.
    – cfr
    Commented Nov 2, 2023 at 4:38

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