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Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Adding Caption Labels.
If you use the captioning feature of Word, you can easily insert consistent, automatically numbered captions for different elements in your documents. For instance, you can insert captions for tables and figures.
Word allows you to define different labels that are used with your captions. In the caption "Figure 7," the word "Figure" is the label portion of the caption. By default, Word provides three standard caption labels: Figure, Table, and Equation. If you want, you can define different labels for use with your captions. To define labels, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Caption dialog box.
Figure 2. The New Label dialog box.
Now you can use the newly defined label whenever you want to add captions in the future. Simply follow the steps to insert a caption as you normally would, but choose the caption you just defined.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (893) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Adding Caption Labels.
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