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OpenOffice Writer User Guide
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Adding captions manually

You can add a caption to a graphic manually in two ways.

Method 1: Override the category and positioning defaults for captions

  1. Select the picture, right-click on it, and select Caption.

  2. On the Caption dialog box (Figure 242), select <None> in the Category list and click OK.

  3. Right-click on the picture and select Caption. Now you can select a caption type (or type your own sequence category) in the Category drop-down list and, optionally, select Above in the Position list. (If you want the caption to appear at the top, you must add the caption manually.) You can type the actual caption in the box under Caption or you can fill it in later—after the (incomplete) caption is inserted.

  4. Click OK.


If you want the caption to appear at the bottom, you can skip skip 2 and the first part of step 3.

Method 2: Place the graphic and its caption in separate paragraphs

  1. Insert the graphic and anchor it to its paragraph as a character. Press Enter to create a new paragraph for the caption.

  2. In the caption paragraph, enter, for example, Figure and add a space.

  3. To insert the figure number, click Insert > Fields > Other and select the Variables tab.

  4. Select Number range in the Type list. Select Figure in the Selection list and choose, for example, Arabic (1 2 3) in the Format drop-down list. Click the Insert button.

  5. A number will appear after the word “Figure†in the caption. Now, type the text of the caption.


If you are manually adding captions to a lot of figures using Method 2, you might want to make an AutoText entry containing, for example, Figure and a space, the figure-number field, and an optional separator and a space after it.

You can also place the caption paragraph before (above) the picture paragraph. Using AutoText can be a convenient way to deal with the lack of automatic captioning above pictures.

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