# How can I left-align a caption?

I am using this for captions:

``````\usepackage[font=small,format=plain,labelfont=bf,up,textfont=normal,up]{caption}
``````

But they all come out centred - I want them aligned with the left margin - how can I do this?

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## 1 Answer

Add the options `justification=justified,singlelinecheck=false`. This is described in the `caption` manual.

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brilliant thanks... is there anyway to "pad" the top of a caption so it has a little space above it? –  flesh Sep 17 '10 at 1:15
Again, this is in the manual. It's the `skip` option. –  TH. Sep 17 '10 at 1:20
forgiveme, i only started on latex today, i dont even know where i'd find the manual! –  flesh Sep 17 '10 at 1:26
If you're using TeX Live, run `texdoc caption` at the command line. Otherwise, you can just read it on the web. –  TH. Sep 17 '10 at 1:46