cramik's script works excellent, but it copies notes backwards. You want to copy them forwards, starting from the 'doubled up' note.
Here is a complete, adjusted version:
//DESCRIPTION:Move footnotes FORWARDS into place
// based on cramik 8-Apr-2014
var myStory = app.selection.parent;
var myName = myInput ();
// rest of the script
function myInput ()
var myWindow =new Window ("dialog", "Form");
var myInputGroup = myWindow.add ("group");
myInputGroup.add ("statictext", undefined, "First note to correct:");
var myText = myInputGroup.add ("edittext", undefined, "");
myText.characters = 5;
var myButtonGroup = myWindow.add ("group");
myButtonGroup.add ("button", undefined, "OK");
myButtonGroup.add ("button", undefined, "Cancel");
if(myWindow.show ()== 1)
var noteStart = myText.text;
var myNotes = myStory.footnotes;
for (i=myNotes.length-1; i>=noteStart; i--)
myNotes[i-1].texts.move (LocationOptions.BEFORE, myNotes[i].insertionPoints);
To save this as a proper script: copy it, paste into the ExtendScript Toolkit Editor (or any other plain code editor), save into your Scripts folder. See http://indesignsecrets.com/how-to-install-a-script-in-indesign-that-you-found-in-a-forum-o r-blog-post.php for the longer version.
To run this:
1. click the text cursor inside the running story that contains your footnotes.
2. double-click the script to start it.
3. the dialog that pops up asks for the first footnote to move 'forward' from. Enter the footnote number that contains your double text. The script will also move that one in its entirety, so make sure to copy the correct text back to the (now) empty one with which you started.
Make sure to test on a copy, just in case something goes wrong!
This worked perfectly! Thank you so much for your great response! You saved me a lot of time.