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Is there a simple way to set the default font for all tables in a document?

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Either amend the definition of \table directly or use the floatrow package and its \floatsetup macro. (Note: floatrow by default also centers the content of floats.)

\documentclass{article}

\makeatletter
\g@addto@macro{\table}{\sffamily}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\begin{table}
(Table contents)
\end{table}

Some text outside a table.

\end{document}

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{floatrow}
\floatsetup[table]{font=sf}

\begin{document}

\begin{table}
(Table contents)
\end{table}

Some text outside a table.

\end{document}
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Thanks, I've got the captions under more control. – Darling Oct 7 '11 at 9:14
    
Any idea why this moves the position of the caption from the top to bottom of a table? – Andy Clifton Jan 8 at 23:20

The memoir document class provides a means to set a default formatting for floats (if this is what you mean by "tables") via the \setfloatadjustment{<float>}{<adjustment>} macro. This would add <adjustment> to <float> whenever it is used. For example,

\setfloatadjustment{figure}{\centering}
\setfloatadjustment{table}{\small\centering}

Alternatively, you could use the etoolbox package to patch certain commands/environments. By patching here, it could append code to the start/end of an environment that would change (say) the font/alignment, as in the above setup.

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I've been looking at the memoir class as I'm currntly using the book class and it seems like the next step. Is it worth the leap? – Darling Oct 7 '11 at 9:13
    
I can recommend it. I've been using memoir for quite some time now. – Werner Oct 7 '11 at 9:17

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