# Is there an easy way to suppress footnotes and citations?

I'm looking to perform a word count on a long PDF that contains many footnotes and citations. Is there an easy way to prevent basically anything that would appear as a footnote, including auto-citations in BibLaTeX, from being printed?

MWE (compiles with XeLaTeX):

\documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{memoir}

\usepackage{polyglossia}
\setmainlanguage[variant=usmax]{english}
\usepackage[backend=biber]{biblatex-chicago}
\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents}{lib.bib}
@book{foobar,
title = {Foo},
author = {John Bar},
location = {Footown},
publisher = {Bar},
date = {2005},
}
\end{filecontents}
\bibliography{lib.bib}

\begin{document}

Some text that I want to be in the word count.\autocite[Prenote][Postnote]{foobar} Some more text.\footnote{A footnote}

\end{document}

• \renewcommand{\footnote}[1]{} would be my first guess, but i haven't tested it. – Johannes_B Jun 10 '15 at 10:19
• So I thought of something similar. The difficulty is with \autocite, where there can be multiple optional arguments. I was hoping that there was something that would just suppress the printing of the box under the line where footnotes are printed. – DavidR Jun 10 '15 at 10:23
• Please provide a minimal working example for the convenience of the helpers. – Johannes_B Jun 10 '15 at 10:25
• Did you actually try \renewcommand\footnote[1]{}? Or do you simply guess that it doesn't work? – Ulrike Fischer Jun 10 '15 at 10:59
• redefining footnote works perfectly fine for me. – Johannes_B Jun 10 '15 at 11:49

If you redefine the footnote command to do exactly nothing, no footnote will be printed in your document.
\renewcommand\footnote[1]{}