# How do you remove the word “Figure” when referencing a figure?

So I have my figures labeled as "Figure section.figurenumber", meaning each caption starts with, say, "Figure 1.1", "Figure 1.2", and "Figure 2.1" if in sections 1 and 2, respectively. I've accomplished this by putting the following in my preamble:

\renewcommand{\thesubfigure}{Figure \arabic{section}.\arabic{subfigure}}

The reason I'm using subfigures is to be able to have figures side-by-side on a page. Anyway, when I reference these figures in the actual text, like, "please see figures \ref{label1} and \ref{label2}," the actual output is "please see figures Figure 1.1 and Figure 1.2".

How can I maintain the word "Figure" in my caption but suppress it when referencing the figure in the text?

Here is a minimal working example:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{graphicx, caption}
\usepackage{float} %Needed for the [H] after \begin{figure}.  [H] stands for "Here",
i.e., the figures appear in the PDF in the same location as in the TeX code.

\usepackage[labelformat=simple]{subcaption}

\renewcommand{\thesubfigure}{Figure \arabic{section}.\arabic{subfigure}}

\begin{document}
\section{First section}
\section{Second section}
\begin{figure}[H]
\centering
\begin{subfigure}[t]{.45\textwidth}
\begin{center} \includegraphics[scale=0.2]{stars.jpeg} \end{center}
\caption{A picture of the past.}
\label{fig:stars}
\end{subfigure}
~~~
\begin{subfigure}[t]{.45\textwidth}
\begin{center} \includegraphics[scale=0.2]{monkeys.jpeg} \end{center}
\caption{Humans not too long ago.}
\label{fig:primates}
\end{subfigure}
~~~
\begin{subfigure}[t]{.42\textwidth}
\begin{center} \includegraphics[scale=0.16]{lion.jpeg} \end{center}
\caption{Not today Satan.}
\label{fig:predator}
\end{subfigure}
~~~
\begin{subfigure}[t]{.42\textwidth}
\begin{center} \includegraphics[scale=0.16]{blueberry.jpeg} \end{center}
\caption{Is this a blueberry-topped cupcake, or just a cup of blueberries?.}
\label{fig:enigma}
\end{subfigure}
~~~
\end{figure}
As we can see in figures \subref{fig:stars} and \subref{fig:enigma}, I'm not very good at making a minimal working example.
\end{document}


And this gives the output:

• AFAIK the thexxx command should never feature the name of the float they refer to. – Moriambar Jul 1 '17 at 18:21
• @Moriambar Sorry, but what is 'thexxx' command? – layman Jul 1 '17 at 18:22
• \caption should do this ... for more, you should provide MWE. – Zarko Jul 1 '17 at 18:26
• show the code, that we can see what is going on. if this is case, then you have something exceptional or we don't understand each other. so, again, provide MWE. – Zarko Jul 1 '17 at 18:28
• why would you want to number your subfigures as section.subfigure without mentioning the figure number? isn't that going to be confusing for the reader. It is very hard for anyone to suggest how to fix your code if you do not show it. Please show a small complete document that shows the subfigure definition you are using – David Carlisle Jul 1 '17 at 18:57

From the comments it seems that you do not what subfigures at all but something like

\documentclass{article}

\renewcommand\thefigure{\thesection.\arabic{figure}}

\usepackage{graphicx}
\begin{document}

\section{Zzzzzz}

\begin{figure}[htp]
\begin{minipage}[t]{.33\linewidth}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=.7\linewidth]{example-image-a}
\caption{Zzzzz\label{zza}}
\end{minipage}\hfill
\begin{minipage}[t]{.33\linewidth}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=.7\linewidth]{example-image}
\caption{Zzzzz zzz\label{zzb}}
\end{minipage}\hfill
\begin{minipage}[t]{.33\linewidth}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=.7\linewidth]{example-image-b}
\caption{Zzzzz zzzzzz\label{zzc}}
\end{minipage}
\end{figure}

See figures \ref{zza} to \ref{zzc}
\end{document}

• That's exactly what I want, and you posted this 2 minutes before I finished painstakingly putting together a minimal working example. Thanks for your answer. I'll read through it now. – layman Jul 1 '17 at 19:37
• @user46944 ah well I've done this before:-) – David Carlisle Jul 1 '17 at 19:39
• So you basically used minipage, and TeX put in the word "Figure" automatically. Do you know if your solution will work across multiple pages? For example, if I have so many figures that they span multiple pages. I think I had a problem with this in the past. – layman Jul 1 '17 at 19:43
• @user46944 the figure environment never spans more than one page. – David Carlisle Jul 1 '17 at 19:44
• So do I just create a new figure environment for the next page? Will the numbering carry on as expected? – layman Jul 1 '17 at 19:45