# Table caption without the word “table”

Whenever I put

\begin{table}
\begin{tabular}
...
\end{tabular}
\caption{My great table}
\end{table}


It would end up with the name "Table 1: My great table". I don't want the prefix "Table 1:". Is there a way to suppress it?

I recommend you to use the \caption* command from the caption package:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{caption}
\begin{document}
\begin{table}
\begin{tabular}{ll}
1 & 2
\end{tabular}
\caption*{My great table}
\end{table}
\end{document}


As @egreg suggests there's also the possibility to do it using the \captionsetup command:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{caption}
\captionsetup{labelformat=empty}
\begin{document}
\begin{table}
\begin{tabular}{ll}
1 & 2
\end{tabular}
\caption{My great table}
\end{table}
\end{document}


Doing so you don't always need to use *.

The solution you're using depends on what you're trying to achieve. The second one adds your table to the list of tables whereas \caption* does not. (Thanks @Herbert)

• You could also point out the possibility of setting labelformat=empty, that avoids the having to add *. – egreg Jan 22 '12 at 10:27
• \caption* and labelformat=empty are quite different in their behaviour! The latter will be in the table of contents and the first not – user2478 Jan 22 '12 at 10:36
• Sorry for the necro, but when I tried to do this, LaTeX inserted a space between the caption and the table. Packages are amsmath, amsfonts, amssymb, booktabs, multirow. Table looks like this. – Rob Rose Feb 8 '18 at 3:19
• I'll have to second that. Same happened to my document. It's not hugely important for the thing I'm doing atm, but it does add a space, which might be unwanted in other cases. @egreg any ideas? – thymaro Apr 11 '18 at 10:01
• @thymaro I see no space. In order to verify it, I added <blank line>\centerline{My great table} before the \caption. The two text appear equally centered. Please, ask a new question with all details for reproducing the issue. – egreg Apr 11 '18 at 10:10