# How do I make figure captions span multiple pages?

How do I make figure captions span multiple pages?

I have a very long caption for a figure and would like it to carry on to the next page.

EDIT: I would like this to work in both one sided and two sided modes

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There is no easy default way to do it, but it might be possible with some trickery. You are talking about a two-sided document where the caption starts on the left page and goes onto the right one, do you? Kind of reminds me on How to include a picture over two pages, left part on left side, right on right (for books)? while that question was more about the figure. You can also have multi-line captions. – Martin Scharrer Mar 28 '12 at 22:10
oh dear! that seems to imply a massive effort. Thinking I'll just move my caption into the text body :( – Lucas Mar 28 '12 at 23:02

Instead of using a floating environment which can't handle page breaks you can use a simple list environment. To set a caption you can use the command \captionof. The command is provided by

Here an example

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{kantlipsum}

\usepackage{capt-of}
\begin{document}
\kant[1-2]

\noindent\hrulefill

\begin{center}
\rule{3cm}{3cm}

\captionof{figure}[short caption]{%
\kant[4-6]}
\end{center}

\noindent\hrulefill

\kant[1]
\end{document}


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