Now what is needed is to add a footnote that is not attached to any place in the document, yet it is counted in the counter and appears. What's more, I want the footnote's number to appear before the words of the note. (So it's like a 'ghost' footnote that refers to nowhere.)

  • This seems quite difficult to me. So at first one question: Why? It is not a good style to give a number without its reference. Imagine reading a footnote labelled "xy" and not being able to find its reference on the pages around. It should be clear that there is no reference and therefore there should be no number (there are several solutions for this case on this site). If you really want to get your described result, please provide a minimal working example which shows your documentclass and your footnote related packages.
    – LaRiFaRi
    Jul 28 '14 at 12:26
  • I'm typesetting a historical document and this is how it appears. Jul 29 '14 at 8:58

As mentioned in my comment, I would clearly advice against such an approach. If the footnote is interesting to the reader (and I hope it is), he will start searching for its origin in the text and will not find it. No reference, no number!

% arara: pdflatex

\usepackage{fnpct} % just a recommendation, not needed.
\setlength{\textheight}{3cm} % for demo

Test 1\footnote{Footnote with mark.}. Test 2\stepcounter{footnote}\footnotetext{Footnote without mark.}. Test 3\footnote{Footnote with mark again.}.    

enter image description here

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    I never took into consideration that such an easy trick would work -- how did you find out? +1!
    – Keks Dose
    Jul 28 '14 at 12:51
  • Needed some (well, pretty much) googling... Found it on a lilypond page. When I saw it, it was quite logical :-)
    – LaRiFaRi
    Jul 28 '14 at 12:55
  • What is the use of the package 'fnpct', sir? Jul 29 '14 at 10:36
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    @WilsonofGordon It reduces the distance between period and footnotemark and it controls which symbol is set first. See ctan.org/pkg/fnpct
    – LaRiFaRi
    Jul 29 '14 at 10:39
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    This also works with endnotes: \stepcounter{endnote}\endnotetext{Endnote without mark.}. I needed this because my first note refers to a note mark on my title page, which is compiled separately from the main document.
    – Sverre
    Sep 21 '14 at 16:56
\documentclass[pagesize, parskip=half]{scrartcl}

This is the quick and dirty »solution«:

Hello World\footnote{No anchor}\llap{\color{white}\textsuperscript{1}}\llap{.} Here we
go. Next\footnote{With anchor}

If you use KOMA-script, what about this missing anchor:%
  anchor}\llap{.} \addtokomafont{footnotereference}{\color{black}} And now
we've got the references back.\footnote{Hopefully}

  • This results in a grey outlined "1" (sumatra), too little space in front of "Here", too big space in front of "And", and incompatibility with the package fnpct (last thing is off topic, but as this package is so cool...)
    – LaRiFaRi
    Jul 28 '14 at 12:33

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