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How to change the name of document elements like “Figure”, “Contents”, “Bibliography” etc.?

I was using minipage in LaTeX for my appendices in one of my English assignments, when I tried to do minipage, like so:

\begin{figure}[H]
\begin{minipage}{0.5\linewidth}
    \centering
    \includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{Appendix1-Modified}
    \caption{Nelson Mandela}
\end{minipage}%
\hspace{5pt}%
\begin{minipage}{0.5\linewidth}
    \centering
    \includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{Appendix2}
    \caption{Qunu}
\end{minipage}
\hspace{5pt}
\begin{minipage}{0.5\linewidth}
    \centering
    \includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{Appendix3}
    \caption{Mandela’s Prison Cell}
\end{minipage}
\end{figure}

In the actual appendices part, it always shows the picture, then the caption below it. Before the caption there's always a Figure #:, like so: "Figure 1: Nelson Mandela." I want to change the Figure 1: to Appendix 1:. Does anyone know how to change it?

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Just before the beginning of your figure - block, put

\renewcommand{\figurename}{Appendix}

That will produce the desired output.

(Stylistically however, I would advise against doing this. An image on its own is rarely an appendix. I would rather have "Appendix 1" as a heading and then the image below that without an additional caption.)

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