# help! table of figures not working

Discussion in 'Word Graphics' started by kmann, Dec 23, 2010.

1. ### kmannGuest

I'm using MS Word 2003. I added captions to figures using insert >
caption.

I then tried to create a table of figures by going to reference >
insert table of figures > build table from captions but nothing shows
up. I read online that there was a bug with 2003 recognizing captions
and that I needed to convert text boxes to frames so I tried this but
it didn't work. What am I doing wrong?

kmann, Dec 23, 2010

2. ### Suzanne S. BarnhillGuest

If the captions are in text boxes (which they will be by default if you have
created a caption for a wrapped object), then Word 2003 cannot see them for
the purposes of cross-references and TOCs (which include TOFs). If you have
actually converted the text boxes to frames and updated the TOC field and
still aren't seeing them, then perhaps the caption label selected for the
TOF is not correct. Or, if the TOF is style-based, make sure the caption
still has the same paragraph style the TOF is looking for.

FWIW, if you're going to use a frame anyway, your best bet is to put the
figure and caption in the frame together; that will ensure that they don't
get separated, split across pages, etc.

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Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
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Suzanne S. Barnhill, Dec 23, 2010