This Word macro converts the footnotes into in-line citations. That way, the footnote text is salvaged. And because they are in-line, you don't have to worry with linking them. The citation format is [Note: ...]. The note color is dark blue, by default--but you can change that.
Tested with Word 2010:
Sub foot2inline() Dim oFeets As Footnotes Dim oFoot As Footnote Dim oRange As Range Dim szFootNoteText As String ' Grabs the collection of FootNotes Set oFeets = Word.ActiveDocument.Footnotes ' Iterates through each footnote For Each oFoot In oFeets szFootNoteText = oFoot.Range.Text 'Start search from beginning of document Selection.HomeKey Unit:=wdStory Selection.Find.ClearFormatting With Selection.Find .Text = "^f" ' Looks for all footnotes .Forward = True .Wrap = wdFindStop End With Selection.Find.Execute ' Delete the footnote oFoot.Delete 'Insert the footnote text 'Here you do whatever format tickles your fancy Selection.Text = " [Note: " + szFootNoteText + "] " 'CHANGE COLOR HERE. Color code is below. Selection.Font.Color = 6299648 'Disables undo to save memory on very large documents. ActiveDocument.UndoClear Next End Sub