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3. Formatting, Printing, and Table Hacks > 22. Make More Flexible Captions

Make More Flexible Captions

Word offers a built-in captions feature, but it allows you to use a heading style only for the chapter number. This hack shows you how to expand your options.

If you ask Word to include the chapter number in a caption, you must specify the heading level. But what if you use a style other than one of the built-in heading styles to number your chapters? By using two kinds of fields, you can have your captions use any style you like as the base for the chapter number. The following example shows you how to create a figure caption that gets its chapter number from a custom paragraph style named “ChapterLabel.”

Put your cursor where you want to place the caption. Next, type the word “Figure,” followed by a space. Select InsertField and insert a STYLEREF field pointing to the ChapterLabel paragraph style, as shown in Figure 3-36.


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