# How to Label and Caption a Tikzpicture inside a tabular environment

What is the correct way to label and captionize a tkizpicture inside a tabular environment? (Since figures are not allowed inside a tabular)

Excerpt from my .tex:

\begin{tabular}{l r}

&
\begin{tikzpicture}
... % I want to label this tikzpicutre and give it a nice caption
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{tabular}


Outside the tabular I would have done it like this:

   \begin{figure}
\begin{tikzpicture}
...
\end{tikzpicture}
\label{fig:...}\caption{...}
\end{figure}


Basically I want to create a page that looks like this:

----------------------------
|Text Text    TKIZ    TKIZ |
|TextText     TKIZ    TKIZ |
| Text Text   Figure X: ...|
|                          |
|This text is under the    |
|table and references above|
|TKIZ Figure with \ref{..} |
----------------------------

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The "correct" way depends on a lot of factors, including what else is in the tabular (and perhaps why a tabular is needed in the first place). Can you explain your exact problem a little more? – ESultanik Dec 2 '10 at 21:55

I recommend to use the \captionof command of the caption package (or load the tiny capt-of package instead). This command produces captions within other environments than figure or table and even lists them in the list of figures resp. tables.

Here's a complete example for demonstration:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{caption}
\begin{document}
\listoffigures
\bigskip
\section*{Test table}
\begin{tabular}{lp{4cm}}
Text text text &
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw (0,0) -> (4,0);
\end{tikzpicture}
\captionof{figure}{Sample picture}
\label{tikz}
\end{tabular}

See fig. \ref{tikz}.
\end{document}


Btw. use \label after \caption, unlike in the example in your question.

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Great solution! Thanks! – Chris Dec 2 '10 at 22:27
Since v3.04, the KOMA-Script-classes also provide the \captionof command. – lockstep Dec 3 '10 at 0:18
+1 for the tip "put \label after \caption", saved my day! – qed Nov 18 '13 at 8:50
Super good answer, since it does not need figure to be used. – gsamaras Apr 17 '15 at 0:41
This is working great for me, with one exception. I was sometimes getting a page break inserted between the figure and the caption. I wrapped it in "absolutelynopagebreak" from tex.stackexchange.com/a/94702 . – Aaron D. Marasco Apr 1 at 12:44