I'm creating an appendix for a Master thesis and I have lots of pictures that I want to insert. I receive an error message that the counter reaches the letter (z) and I do not know how to solve this. I have far more pictures to insert, but then they cannot be labelled properly.

Does anyone have a solution to this?

  • What package (or class) provides you with subfloat functionality?
    – Werner
    Apr 3, 2017 at 9:31
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    The suggestion here would be to adjust the counter display using alphalph (if you wish to keep an alphabetic numbering; see Error: Counter too large! with \alph{cntr} and cntr>26), or switch to \arabic.
    – Werner
    Apr 3, 2017 at 9:47
  • Hi Werner and thanks for helping me. I have used the follwing package: \usepackage{subfig}. I thought of changing to integer countering, but I could not find it and wrote here for help. Will arabic give me integers? Is is simply \usepackage{arabic} ? Apr 4, 2017 at 11:44

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Some details on @Werner's comment: if you use, say, the subfigure environment, these lines in your preamble should solve your problem:


After z, you'll get aa,ab,\dots. from subcaption

If you prefer a numeric subfigure counter, just use something like:


or if you want to prefix with the main figure number:

  • Hi Bernard, Thank you for your help! It works fine, but I would prefer to only use integers instead of letters. Do you perhaps have a suggestion of how to do this? Apr 4, 2017 at 11:56
  • I've added two other suggestions.
    – Bernard
    Apr 4, 2017 at 12:49
  • Werner and Bernard, a huge thank you to both of you! Im quite new with LaTex but now I see the simplicity of the changes in the code. Best regards, Gustaf Apr 5, 2017 at 23:10
  • You're very welcome. It's a pleasure to help.
    – Bernard
    Apr 5, 2017 at 23:22

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