# Longtable caption numbering

I am trying to prevent a table from showing up in the list of tables. I used long table to create the table. This is the first table in my document. I know \caption*{} command should do the trick but something weird is happening. Although the table doesn't show up in the list of tables but when I insert the next table it has a caption of "Table 2: **". I want the numbering to start with 1 rather than 2. Can someone help?

    \documentclass[12 pt]{article}
\usepackage{fullpage}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{float}
\usepackage{longtable}
\usepackage{caption}

\begin{document}
First table is inserted here (longtable).
\begin{longtable}{l l}
\hline
A & A1 \\
B & B1 \\
\hline
\caption*{}\label{TableNomen}
\end{longtable}

\newpage
Second table inserted here.
\begin{table}
\centering
\caption{Influence of X}\label{TableC}
\begin{tabular}{c c c c}
\hline
$10^{-5}$ & $80\times40$ & 16 & 10 \\
$10^{-4}$ & $80\times40$ & 21 & 11 \\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\end{table}
\newpage
\listoftables
\end{document}

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@Bavarious: One needs 15 reputation to flag a post. (I did it for John, though.) – Paŭlo Ebermann Nov 2 '11 at 0:23
Welcome to TeX.SE. Instead of posting code snippets, it is always best to compose a MWE that illustrates the problem including the \documentclass so that those trying to help don't have to recreate it. – Peter Grill Nov 2 '11 at 0:51
I am having what I think is a similar issue here: [Multiple List of Tables entry for single longtable][1] [1]: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/34515/… – Hi_Im_E Nov 11 '11 at 20:08

\addtocounter{table}{-1}


inside the longtable environment. As Boris said in his answer, if you don't want a caption for the longtable, you can safely delete the \caption* and \label commands. A little example:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{longtable}

\begin{document}

\begin{longtable}{l l}
A1 & A2
\end{longtable}

\begin{table}
\centering
\caption{test table}
\label{tab:test}
\begin{tabular}{cc}
text1 & text2
\end{tabular}
\end{table}

\end{document}

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This worked beautifully. Thanks! – John Smith Nov 2 '11 at 1:19

If the caption package is loaded anyway you can use the longtable* environment which does not increment the table counter. (See ltcaption package documentation for details.)

As opposite to \addtocounter{table}{-1} this solution does never make trouble when used with hyperref.


\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage{longtable}
\usepackage{caption}
\usepackage{hyperref}

\begin{document}
First table is inserted here (longtable).
\begin{longtable*}{l l}
\hline
A & A1 \\
B & B1 \\
\hline
%\caption*{Some text}
\end{longtable*}

\newpage
Second table inserted here.
\begin{table}
\centering
\caption{Influence of X}\label{TableC}
...
\end{table}

\newpage
\listoftables
\end{document}

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If you do not want to have a caption, just omit \caption*{} altogether. By the way, you do not need \label either: you do not number your table.

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But this won't solve the problem with the counter. – Gonzalo Medina Nov 2 '11 at 1:08