There are some strange footnotes in text that look like this:

strange footnotes

in text:

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At the university, we were given a task to remake in LaTeX a very old Soviet book on mathematical analysis by Grigoriy Fichtenholz. So I found these footnotes in the text. And they are everywhere. And I don't know what to do with them. Is there any command to change style of \footnote? Or there is some special way?

  • Just two footnotes or all of them? – Alenanno Mar 13 '16 at 10:02
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    Welcome to TeX.SX! Can you also show how the footnote marker appears in the text? – egreg Mar 13 '16 at 10:27
  • I added one more screenshot – Dmitry Volobuev Mar 13 '16 at 10:33
  • See this and this. – user 170039 Mar 13 '16 at 14:59

This can work only if you use a “per page” numbering of footnotes. Next, the typesetting of the marker must be modified.


% three should be sufficient
% we want a nonbreaking space before the marker in text
% we want the marker normal size and not superscripted, with )
\settowidth{\footnotemargin}{***) }
\patchcmd{\@makefntext}{\hss\@makefnmark}{\hss \@makefnmark\ }{}{}

\textheight=2cm % just for the example


First footnote\footnote{Some long text that should wrap
across at least two lines; just add text just add text
just add text just add text just add text.}.
Now another footnote just to see what happens\footnote{Try this.}.


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  • Oh wow. This is exactly what I needed. Thank you! – Dmitry Volobuev Mar 13 '16 at 11:48
  • and another question: How do I reset style of footnotes back to numeric? – Dmitry Volobuev Mar 13 '16 at 14:20
  • @DmitryVolobuev That's a completely different question; please ask a new one with all the needed details. Do you want two different sets of footnotes? – egreg Mar 13 '16 at 14:22
  • Yep. I need two different sets of footnotes – Dmitry Volobuev Mar 13 '16 at 14:25
  • here – Dmitry Volobuev Mar 13 '16 at 14:43

Here's a setup with \textasteriskcentered (providing for *,**,*** at the moment only) and using footmisc.

There's a wiley set of footmisc, which has *, ** already, but not ***, if this should be needed at all.




A footnote on foo\footnote{foo} and another footnote on foobar\footnote{foobar} and yet another one\footnote{foobar foo}

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  • Footnotes are not common *, **, *** ... They are look like this *), **), ***), ****), ... – Dmitry Volobuev Mar 13 '16 at 10:25
  • @DmitryVolobuev: Adding the ) is easy if they appear this way in text also – user31729 Mar 13 '16 at 10:31
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    Note, though, that in the original text the ) seems not to be superscript. – tobias_k Mar 13 '16 at 11:44
  • I have a couple questions. 1) What does the texcomp do here? Everything seems work without it. 2) The example above does not work under latex.exe command in MiKTeX: missing \begin{document} But it works under texify.exe. Need help! – maximav Aug 1 '17 at 13:24
  • @maximav: You're right about textcomp. It is not necessary. And I don't use MikTeX, so I can't give any solution about that issue. I also don't need such things like texify. – user31729 Aug 1 '17 at 13:27

I don't quite understand your question, so I'll answer all possible answers :)

If you mean to ask how to make a footnote then the answer is using the command

\footnote{A strange russian footnote}

If you mean to ask how to use symbols for your footnote rather than numbers, then the answer would be to add the following to your preamble


If you mean to ask how to use *) and then **) as the footnote symbols the answer (as given HERE) is you'd have to add The following to your preamble

\def\@fnsymbol#1{\ensuremath{\ifcase#1\or *)\or \or **) \or ***) \or  
    \dagger\or \ddagger\or \mathsection\or \mathparagraph\or \|\or \dagger\dagger
    \or \ddagger\ddagger \else\@ctrerr\fi}}

  • Footnotes are not common *, **, *** ... They are look like this *), **), ***), ****), ... – Dmitry Volobuev Mar 13 '16 at 10:24
  • I fixed my answer accordingly – Elad Den Mar 13 '16 at 10:49

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