# Make all footnotes numbered subsequently, but one with a symbol

I was wandering if there's a way to make only one footnote appear with a symbol (*) instead of the number.

Thanks!!!

• Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. – Speravir Feb 6 '14 at 18:07
• Please also have a look at Symbols instead of numbers as footnote markers – in the comments to Stefan’s answer, you’ll see how to change this for just one Footnote. – doncherry Feb 6 '14 at 18:07
• @Speravir exactly, I need only one footnote to have a symbol. I have note 1-9 numbered, one "asterisked" note and then note 10 and so on – pierpaolo Feb 6 '14 at 18:33
• @pierpaolo Could you edit your question to describe this situation, with the example you just gave and optimally even with a minimal working example (MWE) with a few footnotes, each specifying what kind it should be? – doncherry Feb 6 '14 at 18:38
• Are you using hyperref or any packages that modifies the display/formatting of footnotes? – Werner Feb 6 '14 at 18:46

If you're not using anything fancy in your document (like hyperref, say), you can redefine \@xfootnote:

\documentclass{article}
%\setlength{\textheight}{.3\textheight} Just for this example
\makeatletter
\def\@xfootnote[#1]{%
\protected@xdef\@thefnmark{#1}%
\@footnotemark\@footnotetext}
\makeatother
\begin{document}
This is a\footnote{Regular footnote} piece of text.
This is a\footnote[*]{Different footnote} piece of text.
This is a\footnote{Regular footnote} piece of text.
This is a\footnote{Regular footnote} piece of text.
This is a\footnote[$\dagger$]{Different footnote} piece of text.
This is a\footnote{Regular footnote} piece of text.
This is a\footnote[$\star$]{Different footnote} piece of text.
\end{document}

• Wouldn’t it be semantically nicer to use \textdagger and something like \textasteriskcentered or one of bbding’s or pifont’s stars instead of the math mode versions? – doncherry Feb 6 '14 at 19:00
• @doncherry: I followed the basic definition of \@fnsymbol in latex.ltx. – Werner Feb 6 '14 at 19:02