# Change side-figure name and numbering

I'm writing my thesis and I have one Chapter that is a step by step instruction manual. I'm using the package sidecap to get a figure on the outside of the page with caption beside it. What's getting generated now is a caption that's labeled with Figure <chapter_no>.<fig_no>.

What I'd like is if the caption was labeled with Step <section_no>.<fig_no>. I also don't want them appearing in my list of figures either.

EDIT: I'm okay with using a different package for side captions as well.

EDIT: here's my minimal example. note that right now example-image-a is captioned Figure 2.1:... and I'd prefer Step 1.1 as it's in section 1 (of ch2) and it's the first figure.

\documentclass[10pt,a4paper]{book}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{sidecap}
\begin{document}
\chapter{My first chapter}
\lipsum[4]
\chapter{My second chapter}
\section{ the first section}
\lipsum[2]
\begin{SCfigure}[][h]
\includegraphics[width=4cm]{example-image-a}
\caption[short cap]{hello world}
\end{SCfigure}
\end{document}


• Please can you post a minimal example document which demonstrates what you get now so we know where to start? This should start with \documentclass and will certainly include a few \usepackage commands as you'll need sidecap, at least. And end with \end{document}. It will, obviously, need to include a figure or two to demonstrate the issue. If you want sample images, load graphicx and then say \includegraphics{example-image-a b and c are other exciting alternatives to a. This will ensure everyone can compile your code. – cfr Oct 23 '15 at 21:48

You can use newfloat for defining a float type independent of figure:

\documentclass[10pt,a4paper]{book}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{newfloat}
\usepackage{sidecap}

\DeclareFloatingEnvironment[
fileext=los,
listname={List of Steps},
name=Step,
placement=htp,
within=section,% steps are reset with sections
]{step}
\renewcommand{\thestep}{\arabic{section}.\arabic{step}}

\begin{document}

\listoffigures

\chapter{My second chapter}

\section{The first section}

\lipsum[2]

\begin{SCstep}[][h]
\includegraphics[width=4cm]{example-image-a}
\caption[short cap]{hello world}
\end{SCstep}

\begin{figure}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=4cm]{example-image-b}
\caption{Example figure}
\end{figure}

\end{document}


You can check that the list of figures only contain the figure and not the “Step”.

• This is pretty close! the first number after step is still the chapter number and not the section number. – user1816847 Oct 23 '15 at 22:46
• @user1816847 Check now – egreg Oct 23 '15 at 22:51