(update) I played around with settings some more, which changes my question (old question left unchanged below). The new question is:

I currently use



Which produces a footnote layout I like (non-hanging footnote text, with space between footnote marker and footnote text). Except for one problem: The footnote number is not left aligned for digits below 10.

Is there a way to make the number align left, keep a fixed space between the number and the text, and have the text adjust accordingly to the right (which I think should work since I'm using option 'ragged' in footmisc)

Sorry for the back-and-forth in my question.

Two (possibly related) questions about footnote spacing and layout. The code generating the examples is at the end of the question.

First one: is the following a side effect of some of settings, or why does it seem that the space between the footnote number and the text body (in the footnote itself) doesn't take into account the number of digits?

See the following two examples, where space is greater for the single digit footnote than the double digit one:



Any way to make the space between number and footnote text adjust with the digits of the footnote number?

Second question: I currently use footmisc with option 'hang', and set length of 'footnotemargin' to produce some distance between the number and the footnote text. This is the current layout, for a 2 line footnote:


My question is, is there any way, using a combination of footmisc options and other settings/command redefinitions to produce a footnote layout that looks as follows:

Some text here. <-- Left edge of text body
-----------     <-- footnote divider
1  Some text  <-- 1st line of footnote. footnote number left aligned, followed by small space, followed by footnote text.
more text.  <-- 2nd line of footnote, text left aligned

In other words: footnote numbers are fully left-aligned, followed by a small space, followed by the text, but the second line of a footnote does not hang? I tried unsucessfully to get this to work with a combination of footmisc options, but no idea how or if it works.

Relevant footnote settings/code. If this isn't informative enough, I can turn the fragement into a full MWE.



The example images are the results of using


But regular


seems to behave the same.

  • Did you mean "Hart's Rule" style for footnotes which is a requirement of Oxford University Press"? please excuse me if not so...
    – MadyYuvi
    Jun 2, 2017 at 11:40
  • I'm afraid I don't know that rule :/ Jun 2, 2017 at 12:02

1 Answer 1


Something like this??


Test\footnote{text} and\footnote{text} and\footnote{text} and\footnote{text} and\footnote{text} and%
\footnote{text} and\footnote{text} and\footnote{text} and\footnote{text} and\footnote{text} and%

enter image description here

Warning, you may need/wish to change the skip value of \footnotelayout, depending on how many footnotes appear on a page.

  • Maybe because I changed the page geometry, using your code as means the footnotes numbers are outside the margins, to the left. If I change \footnotemargin from 0pt, the footnote is shifted to the right, but then, the alignment is lost. Any idea how to solve this? Jun 2, 2017 at 20:27
  • @BertZangle Yes. The shift of the text can be accomplished by changing the \hskip within \footnotelayout, whereas the shift of the digits is accomplished with a change in the \makebox width within the redefined \thefootnote (negative will shift to the right). Jun 5, 2017 at 10:11
  • Can't really get the digit shift to work, as in: ... {\def\thefootnote{\makebox[0pt][l]{\svthefootnote}} ... and ... {\def\thefootnote{\makebox[-20pt][l]{\svthefootnote}} ... produce the same output. Marking as 'answered' however, since the last bit is so minimal, it doesn't really matter. Thanks! Jun 8, 2017 at 20:28
  • @BertZangle Thanks. Maybe the \documentclass has something to do with it. I presume, using just my MWE, that you can get the left/right shift by changing the \makebox size? Jun 8, 2017 at 20:40
  • I think I found the culprit. I can get your MWE to work if using \foonote{}, but not if I use \footnotemarker{} ... \footnotetext{}, which is how I usually add all of my footnotes (makes it easier to read for myself, imo). Any way you can make sense of that? Jun 8, 2017 at 21:06

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