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I have a tabular in a floating table environment and want to place a footnote in that table, whereas the footnotetext should appear at the bottom of the page where the table is on. I tried the following:

  • \footnotemark inside the table and \footnotetext{...} after \end{table}
  • \tablefootnote with the tablefootnote package
  • Surround the table environment by \begin{savenotes} and \begin{savenotes} with the footnote package

All these solutions produced a footnotemark and corresponding text, however, none of the solutions placed the text of the footnote on the appropriate page.

EDIT: For smaller tables (e.g. only the first 4 rows in my MWN), the table appears beneath the footnote which seems even worse...

MWN with \footnotemark and \footnotetext{...}

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper,fleqn]{scrreprt}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\usepackage{amsmath}

\begin{document}

\chapter{A sample chapter}

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\begin{table}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{l l} \toprule
column 1    &   column 2 \\ \midrule
main entry 1        & \\
\; sub  &   yes \\
\; sub2 &   yes \\
\; sub3&    (yes)\footnotemark \\
main entry 2        & \\
\; sub  &   yes \\
\; sub2 &   no  \\
\; sub3&    (yes)\\
main entry 3        & \\
\; sub  &   yes \\
\; sub2 &   yes \\
\; sub3&    (yes)\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\caption{A table with a footnotemark}
\end{table}
\footnotetext{Some footnote}

\end{document}

MWN with \tablefootnote:

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper,fleqn]{scrreprt}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\usepackage{tablefootnote}
\usepackage{amsmath}

\begin{document}

\chapter{A sample chapter}

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\begin{table}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{l l} \toprule
column 1    &   column 2 \\ \midrule
main entry 1        & \\
\; sub  &   yes \\
\; sub2 &   yes \\
\; sub3&    (yes)\tablefootnote{Some footnote} \\
main entry 2        & \\
\; sub  &   yes \\
\; sub2 &   no  \\
\; sub3&    (yes)\\
main entry 3        & \\
\; sub  &   yes \\
\; sub2 &   yes \\
\; sub3&    (yes)\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\caption{A table with a footnotemark}
\end{table}

\end{document}

MWN with \begin{savenotes} and \end{savenotes}:

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper,fleqn]{scrreprt}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\usepackage{footnote}
\usepackage{amsmath}

\begin{document}

\chapter{A sample chapter}

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\begin{savenotes}
\begin{table}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{l l} \toprule
column 1    &   column 2 \\ \midrule
main entry 1        & \\
\; sub  &   yes \\
\; sub2 &   yes \\
\; sub3&    (yes)\footnote{Some footnote} \\
main entry 2        & \\
\; sub  &   yes \\
\; sub2 &   no  \\
\; sub3&    (yes)\\
main entry 3        & \\
\; sub  &   yes \\
\; sub2 &   yes \\
\; sub3&    (yes)\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\caption{A table with a footnotemark}
\end{table}
\end{savenotes}

\end{document}
  • 2
    Generally footnotes has no place in tables. What you are probably looking for is table notes. Have a look at the threeparttable package – daleif Jun 1 '14 at 12:23
  • It seems to me that with this package, I can only add notes directly underneath the table. What I want is a standard footnote at the bottom of the page. Or did I just not see an option for threeparttable? – Bazi Jun 1 '14 at 14:45
  • there's a good summary of approaches to this problem in the uk tex faq – barbara beeton Jun 1 '14 at 15:02
  • You can try to remove the table-environment and only use the tabular-environment directly + \captionof from the capt-of package instead of \caption. With that you should be able to use footnotes inside the tabular - but that solutions doesn't work for footnotes inside the caption... – musicman Jun 1 '14 at 16:13
  • 1
    @bazi as I mentioned, footnotes at the bottom of the page does not belong in tables. Notes for tables comes directly under the table. That is where the readers expect to find them – daleif Jun 1 '14 at 16:57
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This problem has no standard solution. Footnotes in floating environments in general belong inside the floating environment. Some ideas how to achieve this are:

  • enclose the inside of the table in minipage:

    \begin{table}
    \begin{minipage}
    \begin{tabular}{ll}\hrule
    A & B \\\hrule
    C\footnotemark & D\\\hrule
    \end{tabular}
    \footnotetext{This is a `C', you see?}
    \end{minipage}
    \caption{This is a table.}
    \end{table}
    
  • not let the table float at all, using \captionof from caption package

  • use threeparttable package

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