The \u201cCaption\u201d options in Microsoft Word allow you to label images, diagrams, charts, illustrations and figures so your reader can quickly identify what they mean, as well as enabling use of the \u201cdynamic\u201d list functions offered by Microsoft Word.\n\nAs such, using captions can help make sure your written work is clear, professionally presented and easy to follow. None of this is much good unless you know how to use captions, though, so strap in and we\u2019ll run you through the basics.\nAdding Captions\nAdding a basic caption to an existing image\/chart in your document is pleasingly straightforward:\n\n \tRight click on your image and select \u201cInsert Caption\u2026\u201d from the menu.\n\n \tIn the pop-up window, choose how you want to label the image (e.g., Figure, Table, etc.) and whether you want it to appear above or below the image.\n\n\n \tAdd text that describes the image (e.g., \u201cFigure 1: Experimental Apparatus\u201d) and click \u201cOK.\u201d\n\nThis will make a caption appear in the chosen position.\n\nIf you want to add a caption to something in the document other than an embedded image, position the cursor where you want to caption to appear and either:\n\n \tGo to the \u201cReferences\u201d tab and select \u201cInsert Caption,\u201d then follow the instructions above.\n \tSelect the \u201cCaption\u201d option from the Styles menu and type; this creates captions without a \u201cLabel,\u201d giving you more control over how they\u2019re presented.\n\nSetting Caption Style\nMicrosoft Word comes with a default \u201cCaption\u201d style, but you can modify this through the \u201cStyles\u201d menu. If you want to set your own caption style, simply:\n\n \tClick on the arrow in the bottom right of the \u201cStyles\u201d menu on the \u201cHome\u201d tab to open the \u201cStyles\u201d sidebar.\n \tRight click on \u201cCaption\u201d and select \u201cModify\u2026\u201d to open a new window.\n \tIn the pop up window, select the font\/formatting options you require for your captions.\n\nIf you want to use different caption styles for different captions or in different parts of your document, you can do this by:\n\n \tClicking on the \u201cNew Style\u201d button on the \u201cStyles\u201d sidebar.\n \tSelecting \u201cCaption\u201d under the \u201cStyle Based On\u201d option.\n \tChoosing a name for your new style (e.g., \u201cCaption 2\u201d) and selecting the font\/formatting options required.\n\nUsing Captions\nAs well as labeling your charts and images, using the \u201cCaption\u201d options in Microsoft Word means you can add a dynamic list of charts\/figures to your document.\n\nThis is quicker than creating a list manually, and you can update dynamic lists at the touch of a button, thereby ensuring they remain accurate even if you amend captions later on. To use this function:\n\n \tPosition the cursor where you want the list to appear.\n \tGo to the \u201cReferences\u201d tab and select \u201cInsert Table of Figures\u201d.\n \tChoose the caption label type (e.g., Figure, Table, None).\n\n\n \tClick \u201cOK.\u201d\n\nIf you\u2019re using more than one caption style, you can even create separate lists for different label types.