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OpenOffice Writer User 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 “Illustrationâ€), and the position of the caption.

To set up automatic captions:

  1. Click Tools > Options > Writer. Click on the + sign to open the different options. The Options – Writer – AutoCaption dialog box opens.

  2. Select AutoCaption. Now you can see several choices at the right of the dialog box for adding captions automatically.

  3. On the AutoCaption dialog box, choose which objects will be automatically captioned and specify the characteristics of the captions.

For more information, see “General options for text documents†in Chapter 2, “Setting up Writer.â€

When you insert a graphic if automatic captioning is enabled, the graphic will be 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 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†on page 217.


A common sequence name—Figure—is not one of those names provided: <None>, Drawing, Illustration, Table, and Text. If you want a custom name for your graphics, do the following:

  • Open the Options – Writer—AutoCaption dialog box, described above.

  • Under the Add captions automatically when inserting section, check Writer Picture.

  • With the mouse, highlight the text Add captions automatically when inserting, if it is not already highlighted. This actives the Caption area in the dialog box for pictures (graphics).

  • Under the Category drop-down list, enter the name that you want added, say, Figure, in the place by overwriting any sequence name in the list. (Overwriting the term will 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. Press OK to save the changes.

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