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I am currently writing my bachelor thesis with LaTeX and I want a footnote without a reference. I used a blank footnote with:

    \begingroup
    \renewcommand\thefootnote{}\footnote{#1}%
    \addtocounter{footnote}{-1}%
    \endgroup}

It makes me a footnote at the end of a page without a number as I wish, but then a red box appears at the end of the page in the pdf. With \footnotetext, I can create a footnote without the reference, but it needs a number. Is there an option to get rid off the reference AND the number?

Currently its like this: (I need the hyperref-package for url and references and the other footnotes)

\documentclass[a4paper, 12pt, bibtotocnumbered]{scrartcl}
\usepackage{hyperref}
\newcommand\blfootnote[1]{%
    \begingroup
    \renewcommand\thefootnote{}\footnote{#1}%
    \addtocounter{footnote}{-1}%
    \endgroup
}
\begin{document}
I want a footnote without reference and without a number.\blfootnote{This creates a footnote without number but with reference.}
\end{document}
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  • May one ask why you would want this? It seems to go against the spirit of a footnote.
    – gmvh
    Oct 15 '20 at 11:24
  • @gmvh I am not the OP, but my organization actually uses this construct in certain situations on our technical reports. For example, our Appendix titles appear on a page by themselves. If there is a footnote associated with the appendix title, it is to appear as an unnumbered, unlinked footnote. Oct 15 '20 at 11:28
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Here, \freefootnote will create the desired footnote without a number and without a link. As shown in the MWE, it does not interfere with the use of linked, numbered footnotes elsewhere in the document.

\documentclass[a4paper, 12pt, bibtotocnumbered]{scrartcl}
\usepackage{hyperref}
\let\svthefootnote\thefootnote
\newcommand\freefootnote[1]{%
  \let\thefootnote\relax%
  \footnotetext{#1}%
  \let\thefootnote\svthefootnote%
}
\begin{document}
I want a footnote without reference and without a number.%
\freefootnote{This creates a footnote without number 
  and no longer with reference.}

Regular footnote.\footnote{Test}
\end{document}

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Adding the hidelinks option to hyperref in your preamble should do the trick (see here). Put into a MWE:

\documentclass[a4paper, 12pt, bibtotocnumbered]{scrartcl}
\usepackage[
hidelinks % hide link outlines
]{hyperref}
\newcommand\blfootnote[1]{%
    \begingroup
    \renewcommand\thefootnote{}\footnote{#1}%
    \addtocounter{footnote}{-1}%
    \endgroup
}
\begin{document}
I want a footnote without reference and without a number.\blfootnote{This creates a footnote without number but with reference.}
\end{document}
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  • This approach seems to remove links from all footnotes, not just the \blfootnotes. Oct 15 '20 at 11:19

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