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An Alternate Picture Caption

Friday, August 25th, 2006 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS Word

An Alternate Picture Caption

Yesterday we looked at Word’s Captioning feature. It’s wasn’t too bad and it was easy to use, but I found it annoying that I had to group them with their object in order to keep them together when relocated.

So, I began to think about that caption box. I mean, what really is it besides a text box?

With the text box idea in mind, I began to experiment and was happy to come up with an alternative for captioning using the Text Box as the basis.

To begin, draw a Text Box in your document.

Then, with the cursor inside the Text Box, insert your picture or draw a chart.

With the item in the Text Box, you’re ready to click either before or after the item. This makes it possible to add your caption text either above or below the object.

I found I could format text as usual and even found that I could click on the picture and change its placement with something like a center justify (just like text). Formatting the Text Box itself works as usual too, including resizing, border lines, text wrapping around the box, etc.

The key here is that by inserting an item and text into the Text Box, they are automatically linked as a single item with no extra work to make it happen.

I’m sure there are other options out there, but since I stumbled across this one, I thought I’d share!

~ April

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