Adding captions with AutoCaption

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Many documents contain references to headings, tables, images, equations, etc. It is better to create references to the titles or numbers of these items in the document because you don't need to remember and update them after each change. Let Word makes this routine less painful.

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Use the AutoCaption feature to automatically add captions for all items of a particular type. See more about creating numbers and captions for figures, creating numbers and titles for tables, creating captions and cross-references for equations.

To add captions automatically, follow these steps:

   1.   On the References tab, in the Captions group, click the Insert Caption button:

Captions in Word 365

   2.   In the Caption dialog box, click the AutoCaption... button:

AutoCaption in Word 365

   3.   In the AutoCaption dialog box, select the type of object that you want to caption from the Add caption when inserting list box:

AutoCaption objects in Word 365   or   AutoCaption objects in Word 365

Select those multiple types if you want several object types to use the same label and numbering scheme. Each type of object will be numbered sequentially within its group.

   4.   Select a label from the Use Label drop-down list:

Or click the New Label... button, and type a new label name:

New Caption Label in Word 365

   5.   Select Above Item (selected by default for the Table label) or Below Item (selected by default for the Figure label) from the Position drop-down list.

   6.   Click the Numbering... button if you want to change any of the numbering options:

Caption Numbering in Word 365

   7.   Repeat steps 3-6 for each type of object you want to label automatically.

   8.   Click OK.

You can add descriptive text to an automatic caption by placing your insertion point directly after the caption number in your document and then typing the additional information.

See also how to create and modify a Table of Figures or List of Tables.

See also this tip in French: Comment ajouter d'étiquettes d'image, tableau ou autres objets automatiquement.

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