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Easily insert right aligned captions next to equations in Word

Author: Tech Support Last Modified: 2024-07-04

When working with equations in Microsoft Word, adding captions can enhance the clarity and organization of your document. However, Word does not offer a built-in method to automatically insert a caption flush with the right edge of a document.

This tutorial will guide you through the steps to easily insert right-aligned captions next to equations in Word, using caption numbers in parentheses as an example.


Manually insert a right aligned caption next to an equation using formatting tools

This method will guide you to manually insert a caption to an equation, and then align the equation caption to the right in Word. Please do as follows.

1. Put the cursor right to the equation, and click References > Insert Caption. See screenshot:

2. Please do as below screenshot shown:
(1) In the Caption dialog, please click the New Label button;
(2) In the New Label dialog, please enter a opening parenthesis (, and click the OK button.

3. Now you go back to the Caption dialog, please type a closing parenthesis ) in the Caption box, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

4. Now the caption is added to the equation. Please select the equation and its caption, and then click Home > Align Right. See screenshot:

5. Put cursor between the caption and the equation, and then press the TAB key to move the equation to the middle or left as you need.

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Insert a right aligned caption next to an equation with Table

We can also insert a right align caption to a certain equation with typing both into a table in Word. Please do as follows:

1. Click Insert > Table > select 3x1 cells to insert a 3x1 table. See screenshot:

2. Enter your equation in the second cell in the 3x1 table. See screenshot:

Note: If the table or column widths are not suitable, you can change them by dragging table or cell borders, or changing them in the Cell Size group on the Layout tab (under Table Tools).

3. Click References > Insert Caption. See screenshot:

4. Now please customize the caption style as follows:
(1) In the Caption dialog, please click the New Label button;
(2) In the New Label dialog, please type a opening parenthesis (, and click the OK button;
(3) Now you return to the Caption dialog, type a closing parenthesis ) in the Caption box, and click the OK button.

5. Now the equation caption is inserted. Please select the caption, press Ctrl + X keys to cut it, and paste it in the third cell of the table. See screenshot:

6. Place cursor in the third cell of the table, and click Layout > Align Center Right to move the caption to the right side.

Note: You can also center the equation with activate the second cell and click Layout > Align Center.

7. Highlight the entire table, and click Design (Under Table Tools) > Borders > No Border to remove borders. See screenshot:

Now you will see the equation caption is added and right aligned. See screenshot:


Quickly insert a right aligned caption next to equation with Kutools for Word

The method above is so complicated. Is there any easy way to insert a right aligned caption next to equation? Yes, Kutools for Word is your best choice. After you have installed Kutools for Word, you can easily insert a right aligned caption next to equation.

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1. Click the anchor doc insert right align caption ktw 02 at the bottom-right corner of the Captions group on the Kutools Plus tab. See screenshot:

2. In the Advanced Caption Options dialog, go to the Equation Caption section, type ( in the Prefix box, type ) in the Suffix box, select Middle from the Vertical drop down list, keep Right selected in the Horizontal drop down list, and click the OK button.

Note: you can change the prefix and suffix according to what you need.

3. Select or activate the equation you will add a caption to, and click Kutools Plus > Insert > Equation Caption. See screenshot:

Now you will see the caption is added at the right edge and stay in the same line of the equation. See screenshot:

The Equation Caption feature can quickly inserts an caption to the selected equation in your customizing preset style. Have a Free Trial!


Batch insert multiple right aligned captions next to equations in Word

Kutools for Word also provide a handy Multiple Captions feature that can insert captions to multiple equations separately in Word. Please do as follows:

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1. First of all, we customize the captions style as need.
(1) Click the anchor doc insert right align caption ktw 02 at the bottom-right corner of the Captions group on the Kutools Plus tab
(2) In the Advanced Caption Options dialog, go to the Equation Caption section, add prefix as (,  add suffix as ), specify the vertical position as Middle, and set horizontal position as Right, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

2. Click Kutools Plus > Multiple Captions. See screenshot:

3. In the Batch Insert Captions dialog box, please only check the Equation option, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

Now it adds captions to all equations in the whole document. If you have added captions for some equations before, these equation captions will be overwritten automatically.

The (Insert) Multiple Captions feature supports to to insert captions to all of the tables, equations, figures, SmartArt, and Chart in the whole document with only one click. Have a Free Trial!


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That has got to be the most annoying way to do something that ought to be simple.....I fully agree with Jean-Pierre Corriou: Word is awful for anything scientific.
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For anyone used to Latex, Word is awful. If you are scientific, use Latex and never Word for your reports, articles, thesis. After a bit of training, you will be suprised of its efficiency and will never more use Word scientifically.
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SO on second equation.x's are different size. Whats up with that? why the hell microsoft word changes my equation variable sizes all the time. I want all my x's at same size ( meaning same height and width if you measure by ruler.) Stop changing the damn size of my x
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WordPerfect will produce captions, right-aligned, for equations very readily. It's just not on nearly so many PC's.
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Using Kutools doesn't work :( It, removes display equation style and mixes puts the postfix in the next line... unusable.
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Whenever I use it, it turns my equation much smaller and blue. Is there a way of stopping it from affecting the equation?
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[quote]Whenever I use it, it turns my equation much smaller and blue. Is there a way of stopping it from affecting the equation?By Johnny[/quote] Yeah it becomes part of the caption! It happens to me too!
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I have had the same problems with manually inserted equation captions. It's a particular issue if you try to add a reference to the equation somewhere in the document. The entire equation plus number get inserted. The only way I have found around this is to insert a table with 2 columns, the first column contains the equation and the second column contains the equation number. It's not ideal but it works consistently...
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i cant find 'advanced caption' item, i use 2007 microsoft office
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It is in the Kutools only - which is not free.
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It's only 19$. Come onnn. You're working in germany.
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