I have a number of footnotes in my document, but because of the nature of one of my tables, i can't get the footnote to appear on the same page as the table (i cant reproduce a self contained example of this without pasting my whole document, sorry)

So as a workaround, I have done this:
In my text i have:

this is some text that needs a footnote$^3$

and then added a couple of lines at the bottom of my table that go:

\multicolumn{10}{l}{$^3$\footnotesize{this is the footnote text.}}

which produces the desired effect. My problem is, that if I insert another footnote in, then it will ruin my numbering.

is there some sort of \footnotecounter or something that i can use to change my line above to:

this is some text that needs a footnote$^\footnotecounter$

and then after my "dummy" footnote, increment this counter by one so subsequent footnotes will start at 4?

  • You can access the footnote counter using \thefootnote. To change numbering you can use: \stepcounter{footnote} or \addtocounter{footnote}{2}.
    – jak123
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 5:45
  • See also tex.stackexchange.com/questions/35200/footnotes-in-tabulars
    – user31729
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 8:25
  • So the footnote appears at the bottom of the table?
    – Bernard
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 11:04

1 Answer 1


Footnotes in tables are possible with packages or use \footnotemark toprepare a mark for a footnote and display the footnote after the table with \footnotetext.

However, the counter might need to have incremented manually if there are more footnotes` in the same table etc.

Please be aware, that floating tables will display 'wrong' footnote' numbers due to the place where the table is typeset and the \footnotemark is done finally.




Some text\footnote{Another footnote}

\multicolumn{10}{l}{Foo Foo\footnotemark} \\

\footnotetext{This is the footnote text.}
Another text with a footnote\footnote{Foobar}


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