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I want to reduce the line spacing of the footnotes to be less than single spacing.

I am using the following to start the document:

\documentclass[12pt,openbib]{article}
\usepackage[singlespacing]{setspace}
\usepackage[flushmargin,multiple]{footmisc}

\begin{document}

What should I add to reduce the line spacing of the footnotes?

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  • If you use the singlespacing option, there will be no additional leading, so where's the problem? Can you be more specific about your problem?
    – egreg
    Sep 24, 2013 at 16:23
  • this seems a rather odd requirement. is a smaller-than-usual font being used for the footnotes? if so, the line spacing of the "original" font may be used, instead of that for the smaller font. the line spacing in the output isn't set until a paragraph break occurs. try ending your footnote with \endgraf and see if that makes a difference. Sep 24, 2013 at 16:25
  • I'm sorry for not being clear. For all the text I want to have single spacing between lines, however, for the footnotes I want each lines (when text in the footnotes is large enough to make more than one line or there are many footnotes in a page) to be closer than the single space. It would be like adding for each footnote in the document something like this: \footnote{\begin{spacing}{0.5} The footnote \end{spacing}} Sep 24, 2013 at 18:29
  • Wouldn't it make more sense to reduce the font size of the footnotes rather than jam them so close together that ascenders and descenders (almost?) overlap. It is good to consider whether your readers will find it too difficult to read the footnotes that they might as well not be present. Alternatively, there is the savetrees package, which allows for all kinds of clever space-saving techniques; look at the leadingfraction option (although this applies also to the main text).
    – jon
    Sep 24, 2013 at 19:23

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Just because you can do something, there isn't the need to do it. I cannot advice anybody to do the following. Please, please, don't. The word ugly alone cannot describe the result.

texsxFootnotesLinespread

\documentclass[12pt,openbib]{article}
\usepackage[singlespacing]{setspace}
\usepackage[flushmargin,multiple]{footmisc}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\makeatletter
\def\FN@baselinestretch{.6}
\makeatother
\begin{document}
\blindtext\footnote{\blindtext}
\end{document}

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