How to knit to Word doc containing a footer with dynamic text.

I’m using an RMarkdown document that knits to a Word document. I want to include a footer in the Word doc that contains some dynamic information.
I am using a Word reference document in the RMarkdown file. I’ve added a footer to the WordStyles_Reference.docx. I’ve added some static text to the footer. I’ve tried adding a R variable to the footer. r footer_variable. When the RMarkdown doc knits to the Word doc, the footer is present with the static text but the R variable does not display. The R variable does not get evaluated. I see only the text r footer_variable.

Is there a way to do what I want to do? Have a RMarkdown doc knit to a Word document which contains a footer with dynamic information?

Top of R Markdown doc:

reference_docx: WordStyles_Reference.docx

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This is not something possible using word_document with rmarkdown.

You would need to use a tool like officer to post process the file (Manipulation of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint Documents • officer) or maybe officedown if it is supporting doing that from R Markdown directly.

Hope it helps

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