This question seems to be asked a lot. I tried some different solutions and any of them did not work.

My figure caption is displayed as

Figure 1: Caption Here

But I want to display:

Fig. 1: Caption Here

I tried the instructions from several questions in the stackExchange website.

Currently my code looks like

\documentclass[12pt, a4paper]{article}



\usepackage[font=small,labelfont=bf, figurename=Fig.]{caption} 


Drawing here
\caption{Caption here} \label{fig:label}


If I uncomment the line \addto... the code does not compile.

I found these references in the following questions:

Change caption name of figures

Figure to Fig in both Caption and Autoref

How to change figure caption to Fig. 1. in stead of Fig. 1:

none of them worked.

I also tried the solution the solution in this other link: http://www.latex-community.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=3639 but no success.

I imagine that some of my packages might be in conflict with the caption one. But which one?

Any advice?

  • This is the classical case where really reducing the code to a minimal working example (MWE) should help. Just remove packages (there are some that are not needed for your example) until it works. Nov 12, 2014 at 8:16
  • @zeh: you simply have to put the line \addto\captionsenglish{\renewcommand{\figurename}{Fig.}} after \usepackage[english]{babel}.
    – Bernard
    Nov 12, 2014 at 10:13
  • This isn't a duplicate of the linked post.
    – Clément
    Apr 28, 2021 at 6:23

1 Answer 1


Forget about caption:


\renewcommand{\fnum@figure}{Fig. \thefigure}



Drawing here
\caption{Caption here}



Here I just modified LaTeX command that shows in your captions. Now it displays as you want.

  • 2
    Sweet, work just great. I added \usepackage[font=small,labelfont=bf,labelsep=space]{caption} to have it in bold. However, what \makealetter and \makeatother do?
    – zeh
    Nov 12, 2014 at 8:21
  • 1
    they switch on and off allowance for @ in command sequences. Without those you cannot write commands with @ inside. They are used only in cases like this one, where you want to modify something already written in class or package or LaTeX.
    – RicoRally
    Nov 12, 2014 at 8:34
  • The question about what \makeatletter and \makeatother do is almost 7 years old, but there is a great answer to that question here Jun 29, 2021 at 0:31
  • I think a nice improvement to this answer would explain what \fnum@figure is (where it is normally defined, how it is used, etc.) Jun 29, 2021 at 0:33

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