# Use caption and long description for figure

I want to have to following text at my figures:

<< FIGURE >>
Figure 1: Title of my figure which is displayed in the list of figures
Here in a new line a long description about the figure, in a smaller text


I've found this one:

\caption[Title of my figure which is displayed...]%
{Here in a new line a long...}


The problem with the given code is that I get not the title under my figure, only "Figure 1: Here in a new line a long...".

How to solve this? Thank you!

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You got the syntax of \caption wrong. The correct form is: \caption[<short caption using in the list-of-figures>]{<full caption which is displayed under the figure>} –  Martin Scharrer Jul 30 '11 at 17:55

Use the \caption macro for the (short) "heading" of the figure and just add the longer description into the figure environment (after the \caption and with proper vertical spacing).

\documentclass{report}

\begin{document}

\listoffigures

\chapter{foo}

\begin{figure}
\centering
\rule{1cm}{1cm}% Placeholder for actual figure
\caption{Title of my figure which is displayed in the list of figures}
\medskip
\small
Here in a new line a long description about the figure, in a smaller text
\end{figure}

\end{document}

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Thank you, it looks great :-) –  strauberry Jul 31 '11 at 7:43
The only problem for this is that the small text will be centred, and I prefer it justified. I used the package caption and I quite liked it. –  Vivi Jan 23 '13 at 0:44

In addition to the comment above, you can have a look at the caption package which allows for many customizations.

http://www.ctan.org/pkg/caption

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