How to add captions to your graphics in Microsoft Word
When images and graphics are added to a Word document for whatever reason, you can add captions and descriptions to elaborate and leave explanations about the topic at hand. These can be used to inform readers and demonstrate as the document text progresses.
They can also help keep track of graphics and tables by numbering and naming each one, leaving the document organized while showing the connection to the text.
A step by step guide to adding captions to images and graphics in Microsoft Word
- Choose a picture or image, the one that requires a caption or description.
- Access the References tab and select Insert Caption in the Captions section.
- As soon as the Caption dialogue box appears, select New Label and then type the suitable caption or description in the New Label pop up box.
- Select OK when you are done.
- The caption you typed will be submitted to the Caption Box and the Label Box. The sequence of numbers submitted will be generated automatically as well.
- You have the option to choose the position of the caption next to the image between the options, Above the selected item or Below the selected item. These options can be found in the drop-down list.
- You can refer to the example below. Word will re-number captions suitably if you add a new image within the same document.
Captions that are added in this manner will automatically number themselves chronologically, as working on the document progresses. When a new caption is attached to a previous graphic, it will then align and number everything that follows appropriately.
Here is a point to note: As caption numbers change you can make references to captions in the document by selecting the Cross-reference icon on the Reference tab and choosing the caption. Because of this, the reference in the text will change automatically when the number does.
How to add a table caption
A caption can be added to a table similar to the way you can add a caption to a figure or image. In case you have several types of captions in a document, you can customize the numbering style so that they all do not look the same.
- Select a table.
- Click the Insert Caption icon.
- Click the Label list arrow.
- Select the table.
The caption label changes Table. It restarts the numbering to include table captions and changes the position of the caption.
- Select the Numbering icon.
- Select the format list arrow and choose a new numbering format. Captions can be ordered with numbers, letters, or Roman numerals.
- Click OK then the numbering format will be applied.
- Type and submit a caption for the table then click OK.
The table caption will then be added above to the table and will follow the particular numbering format.
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