# How can I left-align a caption?

I am using this for captions:

\usepackage[font=small,format=plain,labelfont=bf,up,textfont=normal,up]{caption}


But they all come out centred - I want them aligned with the left margin - how can I do this?

Add the options justification=justified,singlelinecheck=false. This is described in the caption manual.

• brilliant thanks... is there anyway to "pad" the top of a caption so it has a little space above it? – flesh Sep 17 '10 at 1:15
• Again, this is in the manual. It's the skip option. – TH. Sep 17 '10 at 1:20
• forgiveme, i only started on latex today, i dont even know where i'd find the manual! – flesh Sep 17 '10 at 1:26
• If you're using TeX Live, run texdoc caption at the command line. Otherwise, you can just read it on the web. – TH. Sep 17 '10 at 1:46

Put \captionsetup{singlelinecheck = false, justification=justified} after \begin{figure} would solve the problem.

• Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. – CarLaTeX Feb 17 '17 at 17:13
• Moreover, your answer is a duplicate of the one already present. – CarLaTeX Feb 17 '17 at 17:17
• @CarLaTeX To be honest, I think, that the crucial information here is mentioning \captionsetup macro. – Eenoku May 29 '19 at 14:14
• @Eenoku You're right, the original answer is even more incomplete. – CarLaTeX May 29 '19 at 15:12