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Is there a way to keep very long footnotes from filling the page? I know you can put in frame breaks manually or setup a paragraph style that limits to one paragraph per page, but neither of those are really viable solutions.

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  • What would you have the footnote do when it gets longer than your imposed limit? Spill to the next page? – Lauren-Clear-Monica-Ipsum Jul 24 '13 at 18:51
  • Exactly, but it should only fill half of that page before spilling over to the next page. – Circle B Jul 24 '13 at 19:19
  • Can't you create a text box on the master page? The text fills that and you link it to the next one. – Lauren-Clear-Monica-Ipsum Jul 24 '13 at 23:56
  • I need an automated solution, that will automatically re-flow as needed and all. – Circle B Jul 25 '13 at 15:52
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    @Lauren Ipsum We're on the same page as far as the referent and footnote... But if you're going to use InDesign's built in footnote capability it places the footnote in a virtual frame at the bottom of and within the frame that the referent is in. – Circle B Jul 26 '13 at 19:50
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After making the footnote and apply a Paragraph Style to it, you can make a Find/replace with a GREP:

  • Find a space after the character number xxx .{300}
  • Replace it for a Page Break ~P
  • Just in the Footnote Paragraph Style

Grep

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