The school I attend requires that footnotes be single spaced with a blank line in between. That is easy enough with \footnotesep, but the first footnote has to be close to the footnote mark. Not sure how to do this.


This is a trial run of setspace for doublespaceing main body text. I also need
a blank line between singlespaced footnotes with the first footnote as close to the footnote marker as possible.\footnote{sample}
This would be great if it will work.\footnote{sample}

Tried to add image but won't let new user. Sorry

  • It would be helpful if you provided a minimal example file that shows what problem(s) remain after you've fiddled with \footnotesep.
    – jon
    Nov 6, 2012 at 10:46
  • Well, a simple hack would be to delay re-defining the \footnotesep until after the first footnote is called. Try putting the redefinition right before your second footnote and see if that works.
    – jon
    Nov 6, 2012 at 12:19
  • This isn't a very minimal MWE -- indeed, without the bibliography it won't compile. Couldn't you demonstrate your problem with simple \footnote commmands? Your question will get more attention if people can easily reproduce your issue. Nov 6, 2012 at 12:28
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    I am new to LaTeX. I just cut and pasted the code, didn't even think about the changes I had to make to get historian to sync up with biblatex. I will be more cognizant in future posts. Thanks for the help and guidance. Your post below seems to be what I am looking for.
    – Ben
    Nov 6, 2012 at 13:40

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I think you can achieve this by cheating how the \footnoterule works, since it gets placed before any footnote on the page.


You may need to play with the exact value to get it to your liking


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My only hesitation is that I always find footnotes to be a dark art, and although this looks OK, someone may tell you it has an unwanted side-effect!

(I'm not sure that my preference wouldn't be simply to remove the rule altogether, then nobody would notice the issue ...)

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