A footnote consists of two linked parts: the footnote reference number that appears in text, and the footnote text that appears at the bottom of the column. You can create footnotes or import them from Word or RTF documents. Footnotes are automatically numbered as they are added to a document. Numbering restarts in each story. You can control the numbering style, appearance, and layout of footnotes. You cannot add footnotes to tables or to footnote text. The width of the footnote text is based on the width of the column containing the footnote reference marker.
You cannot create endnotes in InDesign. Endnotes in converted Microsoft Word documents are formatted as text, not footnotes. For a workaround for creating endnotes, see the Endnotes in InDesign article by Bob Bringhurst.
Follow these steps to create footnotes: