I'm trying to set up a figure, so that it contains 2 subfigures. I would prefer if I could set them up with an A and B in the left-top corner (outside of the figure). However, I would also want to be able to reference each subfigure in my text. I have searched for a lot of different solutions, but I haven't been able to put together anything that works, so I'll try with a question.

Here's my MWE:




\caption{Here's a nice caption}. \label{overall label}

Me trying to reference the entire figure: Figure \ref{overall label}. 
Me trying to reference the first subfigure A: Figure \cref{subfigure1}.
Me trying to reference the first subfigure B: Figure \cref{subfigure2}.

It looks something like this

Subfigure reference problem

I think I've got the part covered with the letters (even though I have to manually assign the letters). However, I can not get the subfigure reference to work.

I'm sorry if it seems messy. I'm not particularly adept with LaTeX. I hope someone will be able to help out!


1 Answer 1


I suspect that you like to have something like this:

enter image description here

It is adopted from answer sidesubfloats:

\usepackage[label font=bf,labelformat=simple]{subfig}% <-- changed

\caption{Main caption}
Figure \ref{fig:myfigure} consist three sub figures: \ref{fig:a} and \ref{fig:b}     

Addendum: Sub captuion layout you can determine by subfig options. They are summarized in subfig documentation, page 8. If you replace



\usepackage[label font=bf,labelformat=simple]{subfig}

than subcaptions will look as show new image.

  • Excellent answer! It solves many of my problems. I, however, have a new one: Will it be possible to change the labeling of my subfigures from (a) and (b) to a bold-fontet A and B? And also make this appear in my text when I reference them? So it says "Figure 1 consists three subfigures: 1A and 1B"? May 17, 2016 at 16:15
  • well, this is additional/new question ... :-). of course, it is possible. See subfig documentations for options which it offer. I can do this latter evening.
    – Zarko
    May 17, 2016 at 16:17
  • That would be much appreciated! I have checked the documentations for both floatrow and subfig, I now know how to make the captions bold, but not how to get rid of the parenthesis and make it capital letters. May 17, 2016 at 17:07
  • The \usepackage[label font=bf,labelformat=simple]{subfig} did the trig, I will upgrade my answer.
    – Zarko
    May 17, 2016 at 17:15
  • Is there any way to adjust the size of the letters a and b, while maintaining the bold font? May 17, 2016 at 18:11

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