For a scientific article I am required to format captions of figures and tables in such a way that whenever it is longer than one line, the second (and third, etc.) line aligns with the first word of the caption (not the Figure 1:, but the actual first word).

How do I make this work?

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    Jun 8, 2017 at 13:11

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You can simply use the caption package with the format=hang option.

figure caption



    \caption{This tends to be a very long figure caption which is really superfluous, but of course breaks the line.}
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