Tina wrote: "If I take out the now disappeared long footnote (by deleting the footnote reference in the text), all the other footnotes go back where they belong"
Are you sure about this? If there are lots of long notes in the doc it's very likely that FM has pushed some of them in their entirety onto the following page. FrameMaker can't split long notes across pages correctly. Useless behavior which, as Rick said, has been with us since FM 4 (FM 3 in my experience, and no doubt since FM 1 -- the footnote facility was programmed to do exactly what it does, by people who didn't understand how footnotes are supposed to behave). So you have to break them manually, using text boxes inside anchored frames for the part of the note that won't fit on the page with the reference number in the main text. Or else make them all endnotes by the ugly method described in the user manual, which I once automated in Applescript. But endnotes are so reader-hostile that it's worth slogging thro' the manual process. Graeme Forbes