# Footnote indentation 1.25cm of multiple lines footnotes

I am trying to indent multiline footnotes 1.25cm after and including the second line.

This is the code fragment that my template uses to set-up footnotes, which needs to be adapted:

\AtBeginDocument{%
\renewcommand\@makefntext[1]{%
\parindent 12\p@
\noindent
\mbox{\@makefnmark} #1}}


I found a general answer to a similar question by @egreg, as follows:

\makeatletter
\renewcommand\@makefntext[1]{\leftskip=2em\hskip-2em\@makefnmark#1}
\makeatother


However, while I can include this answer to my code fragment so that there is some indent, I can't get it to do what I want it to, i.e. indent 2.5 cm. Also, I am not entirely sure whether my code modification is right, since my try at merging the two code fragments was more or less a guesstimation.

How do I modify my (the first) code fragment to keep the settings in principle, but add an indentation from the second line of 1.25cm using the method as described?

• Are you using footmisc? – Werner Jun 20 '16 at 21:08
• yes I am using footmisc, but it seems that some of the settings of footmisc are overwritten by the template code fragment i posted above – kuuhkuuh Jun 20 '16 at 21:29
• Of course, you'll have to place any modification to \@makefntext after loading \usepackage{footmisc}. – Werner Jun 20 '16 at 21:31

Are you looking for something like this?

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{lipsum}

\makeatletter
\renewcommand\@makefntext[1]{%
\@setpar{%
\@@par \@tempdima=\hsize
\parshape \@ne 1.25cm \@tempdima
}%
\par \parindent=\z@ \noindent
\hb@xt@ \z@{\hss \hb@xt@ 1.25cm{\@thefnmark.\hss}}%
#1%
}
\makeatother

\begin{document}
\vspace*{\fill}Text\footnote{\lipsum[1]}
\end{document}


Since you're only mentioning multi-lined footnotes (and not multi-paragraph footnotes), the following provides what you're after:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[paperheight=20\baselineskip]{geometry}% Just for this example
\usepackage{lipsum}

\makeatletter
\renewcommand\@makefntext[1]{%
\parshape \@ne 1.25cm \dimexpr\hsize-1.25cm\relax% Set up the generic paragraph shape:
%   Indentation of first (and following) lines are 1.25cm
%   Width are \hsize-1.25cm (to fit horizontally)
\noindent % Start paragraph
\hspace*{-1.25cm}% Jump back (horizontally) the width of the indentation
\makebox[12\p@][l]{\@makefnmark}% Set a box of width 12\p@ that is [l]eft aligned and insert the footnote mark
#1}% Set the rest of the footnote as a paragraph
\makeatother

\begin{document}
Text\footnote{\lipsum[1]}. More text\footnote{\lipsum[2]}.
\end{document}


Comments in the code explain the components of the \@makefntext construction.

• Thanks. That works as far as the second line is concerned, but not the margin from the footnote number to the text in the first line is too big. – kuuhkuuh Jun 20 '16 at 21:36
• @kuuhkuuh: The distance from the left of the footnote number 1 to the beginning of the paragraph Lorem is exactly 12\p@. If this is wrong, what should it be? – Werner Jun 20 '16 at 21:37
• I'm not sure. I think, the code fragment needs to be a modification of my template so that I can replace the current one in the template file, as the template defines what \p@ is and possbily changes it later? Either way, I can only get your code to work if I turn of the code fragment of the template and paste it in my book.tex file before begin{document} – kuuhkuuh Jun 20 '16 at 21:51
• @kuuhkuuh: Perhaps you should provide an update of what things look like. We don't have your template, nor it is clear what your end-game is with this template. – Werner Jun 20 '16 at 21:54