Footnotes, widows and orphans

Here are some rules I created for footnotes, widow and orphan control.

Footnote rules

This sets the footnote rule which would appear just above the first footnote on a page, if used:

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\setlength{\skip\footins}{0.119cm}
\renewcommand\footnoterule{\vspace*{-0.018cm}
\setlength\leftskip{0pt}
\setlength\rightskip{0pt plus 1fil}
\noindent\textcolor{black}{\rule{0.25\columnwidth}{0.018cm}}\vspace*{0.101cm}}

Widow and Orphan Control

You can control widows and orphans using these commands:

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\widowpenalty=300
\clubpenalty=300

Adding Todo notes

You can add this Package to add todo notes in the document as a type of comment. They do not appear in the output but serve as useful reminders for yourself what needs to be done in the section, chapter, whatever.

\usepackage{todonotes}

Then insert a note in the doc using the following:

\todo{Rewrite this answer \ldots}

At any location in the document a list of the inserted notes can be generated with the following command:

\listoftodos