How to Add a Caption to a Table in Word 2013

Large documents can be tough to navigate. Pages can start to run together, and similar sections may be difficult to identify separately from one another.

This can be even more pronounced when you include a lot of tables in your document, especially if they contain similar types of information.

One effective way to identify a table is through the use of a caption. Word can insert table captions and will number them automatically, thereby providing a simple system to identify them.

Our guide below will show you how to add a caption to a table in your Word 2013 document.

Inserting a Table Caption in Word 2013

The steps in this article will assume that you already have a document containing a table, and that you wish to add a caption to that table. If not, this article will show you how to create a table in Microsoft Word.

Step 1: Open the document with the table that you wish to caption.

Step 2: Click in one of the table cells.

click inside a table cell

Step 3: Right-click on the icon at the top-left of the table with the four directions arrows, then click the Insert Caption option.

right-click on the table menu button, then click insert caption

Step 4: Enter the desired caption into the Caption field, then make any desired changes to the formatting of the caption. For example, you could check the Exclude label from caption option if you don’t want the default “Table” wording to appear, or you could click the Position drop-down menu and choose to put the caption under the table. Once you are done, click the OK button.

how to insert a table caption in word 2013

The completed caption will look something like in the image shown below. Note that you can modify the appearance of the caption text using the font options that you would use for other text inside your Word document.

sample table caption in word 2013

Now that you know how to add a caption to a table in Word 2013, you can provide some extra context about the data that is contained within that table.

Would you like to remove the borders that appear around your table? Click here to see how.

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