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Brian Barker wrote:

You could unzip the .odt file, extract 
content.xml, examine this to determine how 
Automatic and Character footnote anchors are 
differently represented, edit it as necessary, 
rezip the .odt file using the edited content.xml 
- and hope it works! But I don't recommend this.

I tried this out and it appears to be easy:

The text is in the content.xml file in the zip file.
The footnotes are of the form

<text:note-citation text:label="6">6</text:note-citation>
followed by a <text:note-body>
(For some reason all the footnote numbers are equal to the last one:6)

In an automatic footnote, the text:label="6" part is missing. So removing this, changes them to 
automatic. Then, they will be numbered A, B, C, ... If you want to change this to numbers, do it 
with Tools > Footnotes > Numbering as has been mentioned by Brian in an earlier message.

Of course you should do this on a copy of your file, not on the original (or have a copy saved).
Piet van Oostrum <>
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