I am using \subfigures to plot multiple figures on two pages:


So the labels of these two subfigures are 'Figure 2a' and 'Figure 2b'.

In the text, I want to refer to them alltogether as 'Figure 2' and let the reference point/link to 'Figure 2a'. Is there a way to achieve this? Is cleveref helpful on this?

Many thanks!

  • 1
    What package defines the subfigures environment?
    – egreg
    Sep 23, 2014 at 8:57
  • I assume, if the environment is called subfigure(s), that there is a subfigure(s) counter. The counter output format is counted in the command \thesubfigure(s) then. It can be changed to basically anything then, by redefining \thesubfigure or \thesubfigures (Although I believe that it should read subfigure, not subfigures!)
    – user31729
    Sep 23, 2014 at 9:30
  • I used \usepackage{subfloat} in order to use subfigures. I am using subfigures not subfigure.
    – lawrence
    Sep 23, 2014 at 17:04

1 Answer 1


[I would normally add this as a comment but don't have enough rep on LaTeX Stack to do so…]

Have you tried using minipage in combination with the subcaption package? For instance, the following might work:

    \centering\large A
    \subcaption{A subfigure}\label{fig:1a}
    \centering\large B
    \subcaption{Another subfigure}\label{fig:1b}
  \caption{A figure}\label{fig:1}

Or you could redefine the way the figures were referenced (still need the subcaption package) using:


which should change the label shown in the text. I don't think this will affect the label shown in the, but to be sure, you can use the \subref command and try:


I think that will work.

  • Sorry I tried to use the subcaption package but when compiling the file, it returns: "Package subcaption Error: This package can't be used in cooperation (subcaption) with the subfigure package." And when trying minipage some other error message pops up...
    – lawrence
    Sep 26, 2014 at 4:48
  • But it's okay. I just re-wrote the main text so that I cite both Figure 2a and Figure 2b. Not a crucial issue. Thanks a lot for your help.
    – lawrence
    Sep 26, 2014 at 4:49

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