Is there a way to direct all the \caption{}'s found within multiple nested subfigure environments within a central \begin{figure} environment given as

\begin{figure} ...
\caption{}...     <---------------direct all sub-captions here

such that all the subfig captions go in the last caption belonging to the figure (as marked above) where they are labelled appropriately.

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You need a subcaption for every subfigure, e.g. a), b), c), d). Otherwise you'd write things like "the picture second from left" to refer to a subfigure.

So all you have to do is to write a long caption and refer inside this caption to your subfigures.

Edit: Answering a comment of the OP, how to refer to a subcaption:

The question does not provide a MWE, so I have no clue about the way you write your captions and subcaptions. Let us assume that you use the packages caption and subcaption, then you probably just could write \subref{<key>} and you are done, see the manual of subcaption, 6.1.

  • How do you refer the subcaption to the main caption? May 29, 2014 at 14:51
  • @user2822693 I added some text to my answer, but please change your username to a nic and provide a MWE.
    – Keks Dose
    May 29, 2014 at 19:56

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