Between the footnote line and the first footnote on that page, I need to add a double-space. I've tried using the \ command, but it adds a space after the number. Does anyone know a way for me to do this?

  • What \documentclass are you using? Do you want to do this throughout your document, or just on an ad-hoc basis?
    – Werner
    Jun 11, 2012 at 21:18
  • I'm using \documentclass[12pt, letterpaper]{article} and I wanna do it throughout the document.
    – bopgah
    Jun 11, 2012 at 21:22

1 Answer 1


You can increase \skip\footins to make room, then redefine \footnoterule to put the extra space after the rule:




\def\footnoterule{\vskip-20pt\oldfootnoterule \vskip20pt\relax}


xxxx\footnote{aaa aa aa} xxxx\footnote{bb bb bb bb}

xxxx\footnote{cccc} xxxx\footnote{dddd}


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    You don't want to change \footskip, but \skip\footins. (Add \null\vfill immediately after \begin{document} to see why.)
    – lockstep
    Jun 11, 2012 at 21:30
  • oops that's what I meant, thanks will fix.:-) Jun 11, 2012 at 21:34
  • Doing it the first way caused the footnote line to appear in the middle of the body of text. How do I change \skip\footins ?
    – bopgah
    Jun 11, 2012 at 21:36
  • sorry I fixed the code in the answer. Jun 11, 2012 at 21:38
  • Something's still not right though. I think it's the "\addtolength{\skip\footins}20pt}" line.
    – bopgah
    Jun 11, 2012 at 21:41

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