Whenever people ask if they can create endnotes in InDesign, I have to explain the same sad story. No, InDesign has footnotes not endnotes, but you can download a plug-in . . . Now, thanks to Peter Gold’s comment in the InDesign user forum, I have a much better answer. While InDesign still doesn’t have an Endnotes feature, it’s easy to create endnotes in InDesign CS4 or CS5 by using cross-references.
Step 1. Create a paragraph style for the endnotes that appear at the end of the document. This style should include automatic numbering.
Step 2. Create a character style for the endnote number that appears in the text.
I created a simple character style with superscript formatting. The Superscript option is on the Position menu in the Basic Character Formats section.
Step 3. Type the endnotes on the last page of the document.
Apply the Endnotes paragraph style to the endnotes.
Tip: If you’re working with booked documents, you may want to create a separate document for endnotes, and add it to the book. Oh, and make sure the character style you created in step 2 is available in all the documents.
Step 4. Create a cross-reference from the body text to the endnote.
More details for step 4:
- Place the insertion point in the body text where you want the endnote number to appear.
- Choose Type > Hyperlinks & Cross-References > Insert Cross-Reference. If you’re working in a book, specify the document.
- Specify the paragraph style (in my example, I called it “Endnotes”) and then specify the endnote you want to link to.
- From the Format menu, make sure Paragraph Number is selected. To make sure the footnote number is formatted properly, click the Pencil icon next to the Format menu, and then specify the character style you created. Click OK.
- For Appearance, choose Invisible Rectangle. Click OK.
Step 5. Repeat step 4 for other endnotes.
Tip: If you have dozens of endnotes, you can copy and paste them, and then update each pasted cross-reference using the Hyperlinks panel. Here’s how. Type or paste all the endnotes at the end of the document. Create one cross-reference as described, and then copy and paste that hyperlink to the other locations in the document. Then, open the Hyperlinks panel (Window > Interactive > Hyperlinks), and select one of the copied hyperlinks in the document. Double-click the selected cross-reference in the Hyperlinks panel, click the appropriate endnote for that section, and click OK. Rinse and repeat.
Can you create endnotes in InDesign? Yep.
UPDATE: Peter Kahrel wrote a script that uses this method to convert footnotes to endnotes. Thanks, Peter!