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In Word 2010, put a caption beneath a picture

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Using Word (2010), when I need to put a caption beneath a picture and do not want the caption inside the picture, the only way I know to do that is to insert a text box, move it to beneath the picture, resize and reformat it, and add the caption. Sometimes the text flows around the text box, which is what I want.
Sometimes the text box simply hides the text now flowing behind it.

Is there a better way to add captions to a place beneath pictures? If not, is there any way to make text flow around both the picture and its caption?

Thanks for any suggestions.
  --j.r.a.
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In 2007, there is an Insert Caption button in the References tab. It gives you Position options, including "Below selected item"

Is it not still there in 2010?

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That exists also in Word 2010. The size of the label is limited, and one has to accept, initially, a number it assigns to the end of the label, but once one inserts the caption one can delete the assigned number.

I'm having some trouble with the placement of the label, but I'll work on this a bit more and get back to you in about six hours.

It is a good start, and I'm confident it will work for most of my pictures.

          j.r.a.
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The objections I had can be overcome. Do not give the title of the caption in the dialog box but just change the text after the caption is made.

The caption will go where you want it to go, but if you move the picture, then you have to move the caption to the new location.

I would have preferred some system whereby a caption would follow the picture, but I guess that capability does not exist in Word.

Thanks again for your help.
       --j.r.a.
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You could put the picture in a text box first, so that both the picture and the caption will be moved when the text box is moved.
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Brilliant! My only problem is that the solution makes me feel so stupid for not having thought of it a few years ago.
      j.r.a.
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