# How can I have figures identified as tables?

My paper includes several graphs that are all much too long to make as tables, so I made them figures (copy and paste from spreadsheet to paint). My paper has to include a list of figures and a list of tables, and I would like to know if there is a way that I can trick LaTeX into thinking that those figures are tables.

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First, what you did was incredibly ugly. Please have mercy towards your readers and do not use ugly bitmapped "tables" from paint! Just decrease the font or use longtable package if necessary.

Second, LaTeX does not care what do you put between \begin{table}\caption{...} and \end{table}. It is usually a tabular, but really it can be anything. From LaTeX's point of view this is a table:

\begin{table}
\caption{A very ugly table}
\includegraphics{mytable}
\end{table}


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Thank You that was very helpful. I'll try to take your advice and not do that again, but the tables were quite long. –  Brian Dec 16 '11 at 20:00
Still, longtable should work in this case. I can't imagine that a graphic of a shrunken table is that much more readable than a longtable or a TeX-generated table where the default font size has been reduced. –  Mike Renfro Dec 16 '11 at 20:07