# How to remove the caption and the figure x in the figure but to add the caption in the list of figures?

I would like to remove figure 1 from the caption under my figure but to have it in my list of figures. Is it possible?

With \caption[Entry for the List of Figures (LoF)]{}\label{fig:without} I can have the caption in my list of figures but I still have "Figure 1" under my figure and I would like to remove that.

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Welcome to TeX.SX. It's not very clear why the caption shouldn't appear below the figure. –  egreg Nov 10 '12 at 21:46
Is it good to have a figure with list entry and without caption and number in the text? Anyway, you can do \refstepcounter{figure}\addcontentsline{lof}{figure}{\numberline{\thefigure}{Ca‌​ption}} instead of \caption. It increments the figure counter and adds a line to \listoffigures. (\addcontentsline{lof}{figure}{\numberline{}{Caption}} without the number and without increasing the figure counter.) –  Qrrbrbirlbel Nov 10 '12 at 21:50
Thank you. What exactly is the \numberline and \thefigure? –  xaud Nov 10 '12 at 22:03

## 1 Answer

You can use the macro \addcontentsline to add a list entry to the List of Figures (or others).

It takes three arguments:

1. the filename-extension of the list. (toc for Table of Contents, lof for Lists of Figures, lot for List of Tables, …)
2. the structure level
• toc: part, chapter, section, …
• lof: figure
• lot: table
3. the entry itself. Mostly it is preceeded by \protect\numberline{…} whose argument is the number for the entry and it aligns the following text.

My code provides two three commands:

• \nocaption that adds only an caption text to the list,
• \nocaptionbutnumber that adds additionally a number to the entry (that is incremented before, and
• \nocaptionwithweirdalignment that doesn't use \numberline and therefore its entry text is aligned to the left (I wouldn't use it).

### Minor Update

I've updated the answer so that the \addcontentsline macro doesn't have hard-coded first and second parameter. The commands should work now in table and other environment that define \@captype and the proper extension macro \ext@<\@captype>.

## Code

\documentclass{article}
\makeatletter
\newcommand*{\nocaption}[1]{%
\addcontentsline{\csname ext@\@captype\endcsname}{\@captype}{\protect\numberline{}#1}%
}
\newcommand*{\nocaptionbutnumber}[1]{%
\refstepcounter{figure}%
\addcontentsline{\csname ext@\@captype\endcsname}{\@captype}{\protect\numberline{\csname the\@captype\endcsname}#1}%%
}
\newcommand*{\nocaptionwithweirdalignment}[1]{%
\addcontentsline{\csname ext@\@captype\endcsname}{\@captype}{#1}%
}
\makeatother
\begin{document}
\listoffigures
\begin{figure}[!ht]
F1
\nocaption{Caption 1}
\end{figure}
\begin{figure}[!ht]
F2
\nocaptionbutnumber{Caption 2}
\end{figure}
\begin{figure}[!ht]
F3
\nocaptionbutnumber{Caption 3}
\end{figure}
\begin{figure}[!ht]
F4
\nocaptionwithweirdalignment{Caption 4}
\end{figure}
\end{document}


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