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OpenOffice Writer User Guide
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Adding a caption

You can easily add a caption to any table. Writer will keep track of all your captioned tables, automatically number them, and update any links to them.

To add a caption to a table:

  1. Place the cursor in the table.

  2. Right-click and select Caption from the pop-up menu.

  3. Enter the text for your caption, the numbering style, and separator.

To automatically caption all your tables:

  1. Place the cursor in a table.

  2. Right-click and select Caption from the pop-up menu.

  3. Select AutoCaption.

  4. Select OpenOffice.org Writer Table and select the settings you want. (This dialog box is covered in more detail in Chapter 2, “Setting up Writerâ€.)

When AutoCaption is enabled for tables, all tables will be captioned; you will need to add the text for each caption onto the table manually.

Writer supplies five different category labels:

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Drawing

Table

Illustration

Text

You can create your own category labels, formating and separators, either under Insert > Caption or under Tools > Options > OpenOffice.org Writer > AutoCaption > OpenOffice Writer Table.

In either case, simply highlight a label and type in the new name. In the example below, we used Fantasia.

You can also change the separator or the format of the category label. For example, you might want your tables to be labeled as Fantasia and formated in bold type and using a period (‘.’) as a separator, as follows:

Fantasia 1. Interesting data

Fantasia 2. More interesting data

Fantasia 3. Yet more interesting data

To do this, you can highlight and replace a separator and then select Insert > Caption > Options > Character Style and assign a style, or you can set this up in the AutoCaption dialog box.

The format and separator if used under Insert > Caption only works for that specific table. However, it will work for that and all following tables if it is set up under AutoCaption.

When using AutoCaption, you need to remove the ‘.’ under Numbering captions by chapter > Separatorif you are notusing Chapter numbering to avoid having an extra punctuation mark added to the category label.

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