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Based on How to change symbol for footnote in minipage and Symbols instead of numbers as footnote markers I expected this code to work:

\documentclass{article}

  \begin{document}
      \begin{minipage}{1\textwidth}

        \renewcommand*{\thempfootnote}{\fnsymbol{footnote}}
       \begin{tabular}{ll}
       \hline
        foo & bar\footnote[1]{buzz} \\
        foobar & barfoo \\
        \hline
       \end{tabular}

      \end{minipage}
  \end{document}

However, I don't get any footnote symbol at all.

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It feels like I have made some silly mistake but I can't figure it out. What have I missed?

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You have to redefine the minipage footnote, not the footnote:

\documentclass{article}        

  \begin{document}
      \begin{minipage}{\textwidth}
      \renewcommand*{\thempfootnote}{\fnsymbol{mpfootnote}}
       \begin{tabular}{ll}
       \hline
        foo & bar\footnote[1]{buzz} \\
        foobar & barfoo \\
        \hline
       \end{tabular}
      \end{minipage}
  \end{document}

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  • I do not know, what the [1] is doing, but I left it in, as I assume the OP is needing it.
    – LaRiFaRi
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 9:16
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    I looked further at it and turns out we have to use [1] there because it seems inside the table in fact the footnote counter is used and not the minipage footnote counter. If two footnotes is needed use [2] for the second or another approach is to sync the two counters which I also tried. I feel dirty all over... :)
    – jonalv
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 9:31
  • According to this answer, [num] is the number of the symbol of choice such as asterisk, dagger, etc. For example, \footnote[3]{buzz} denotes the "double dagger".
    – ali14
    Commented Aug 27, 2019 at 9:14

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