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Footnotes in tables

The standard LaTeX \footnote command doesn’t work in tables; the tabular environment (and its “relations”) traps footnotes, and they can’t escape to the bottom of the page. As a result, you get footnote marks in the table, and nothing else.

This accords with common typographic advice: footnotes and tables are reckoned not to mix.

The solution, if you accept the advice, is to use “table notes”. The package threeparttable provides table notes, and threeparttablex additionally supports them in longtables. Threeparttable works happily in ordinary text, or within a table float.

The ctable package extends the model of threeparttable, and also uses the ideas of the booktabs package. The \ctable command does the complete job of setting the table, placing the caption, and defining the notes. The “table” may consist of diagrams, and a parameter in \ctable’s optional argument makes the float that is created a “figure” rather than a “table”.

If you really want “real” footnotes in tables, despite the expert advice, you can:

All the techniques listed will work, to some extent, whether in a float or in ordinary text. The author of this FAQ answer doesn’t actually recommend any of them, believing that table notes are the way to go…

ctable.sty
macros/latex/contrib/ctable (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
footnote.sty
Distributed as part of macros/latex/contrib/mdwtools (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
longtable.sty
Distributed as part of macros/latex/required/tools (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
mdwtab.sty
Distributed as part of macros/latex/contrib/mdwtools (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
tablefootnote.sty
macros/latex/contrib/tablefootnote (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
threeparttable.sty
macros/latex/contrib/threeparttable (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
threeparttablex.sty
macros/latex/contrib/threeparttablex (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
tabularx.sty
Distributed as part of macros/latex/required/tools (or browse the directory); catalogue entry

This answer last edited: 2013-03-11


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This is FAQ version 3.27, released on 2013-06-07.