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OpenOffice Writer 3.x Guide
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Adding captions automatically

You can set up OOo to add captions automatically whenever you insert a graphic, a table, or other objects into a document. You can choose which objects are captioned automatically, what the sequence name is for each caption (for example, “Table” or “Illustration”), and the position of the caption.

To set up automatic captions:

  1. Click Tools > Options. On the Options dialog box, click on the + sign next to Writer to show a list of options.
  2. Select AutoCaption. Now you can see several choices at the right of the dialog box for adding captions automatically.
  3. Choose which objects you want to be automatically captioned and specify the characteristics of the captions.

For more information, see “AutoCaption options” in Chapter 2 (Setting up Writer).

When you insert a graphic, if automatic captioning is enabled, the graphic is placed in a frame along with a caption containing the default sequence name for graphics―Illustration. Position the cursor in the caption area and type the text for the caption. You can change the sequence name by selecting one from the drop-down Category list.

Image:documentation_note.png You can specify where to place an automatic caption for any object except a picture; picture captions can only be automatically placed below the picture. If you need a caption above the picture (for example, for data plots in scientific publications), you must add the captions manually, as described in Adding captions manually.
Image:Tip.png A common sequence name—Figure—is not one of the names provided: <None>, Drawing, Illustration, Table, and Text. If you want the name “Figure” or any other custom name for your graphics, do the following:
  1. Open the Options – Writer – AutoCaption dialog box, as described above.
  2. In the Add captions automatically when inserting section, select Writer Picture. This activates the Caption area in the dialog box for pictures (graphics).
  3. Under the Category drop-down list, enter the name that you want added (say, Figure), by overwriting any sequence name in the list. (Overwriting a term does not delete it from the drop-down list.) You can also set some options for the number style and for a separator between the name and the number, if desired. Click OK to save the changes.

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