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Captions

Word's Captions feature allows you to insert captions after figures or tables in your document. You can choose to have Word insert them automatically or do it yourself manually. Learn how to format and edit captions to set apart elements in your document with the following articles.

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The following articles are available for the 'Captions' topic. Click the article's title (shown in bold) to see the associated article.

Adding Caption Labels
When using the captioning capabilities of Word, you aren't limited to the three default caption labels provided in the program. You can, in fact, get as creative with caption labels as you desire. Here's how to create your own specialized caption labels.

Adding Captions
Need to add a caption after a document element such as a figure or table? You can add and format one manually, or you can instruct Word to add and format a caption for you.

Automatic Periods after a Caption
Word can automatically add captions to certain elements of your documents, such as figures or tables. You can control some of the formatting of these captions, but not all of the formatting. Here is an examination of one such area you cannot format.

Automatically Adding Captions
Word can automatically add captions to various elements of your document, such as tables or figures. Here's how to configure the program to make the additions for you.

Changing Caption Numbering Styles
Using Word's captioning feature can be a great boon for automatically numbering certain elements in your documents. It might not be immediately apparent, however, how you go about changing the numbering style used by Word. Here's the steps you need.

Changing Defaults for Text Boxes and Callouts
Do you find yourself frequently creating text boxes and callouts? This tip describes how to change the default settings and how you can easily create text boxes that exactly meet your common requirements.

Changing Existing Captions
Word allows you to automatically create captions for various elements of your document, such as figures and tables. These captions are added automatically when you add the element. If you want to later make changes to the captions, you'll need to apply the techniques described in this tip.

Creating Usable Figure Captions
Many people add both images and figure captions within text boxes so they can be easily positioned within a document. Doing so, however, has drawbacks as the figure captions are not as easily accessible for cross referencing or for inclusion in a Table of Figures. This tip describes how you can rectify this situation so that the captions are again usable.

Deleting Caption Labels
Define a label to be used in a caption, and you may later want to delete that label. Here's how you can easily make the change.

Formatting Captions
When you add captions to elements in your document, Word allows you to modify how those captions are formatted. Here's how you can do it.

Turning Off Automatic Captioning
Word can be configured so that it automatically adds captions to some of your design elements (tables, figures, etc.). Once this capability is turned on, you may later want to turn it off. Here's how.

Turning Off Figure Caption Numbering
Ever want to use Word's automatic figure captioning feature, without the numbering? While there isn't a way to make this work directly, you'll find a workaround here.

 

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