# How to give figure number inside figure using figure environment in two column formate?

I want to write (a) in the top left corner of first figure and (b) inside or outside the top left corner of figure (2). How can I do that. I don't want to use subcaption command.

\documentclass[twocolumn, 10pt]{article}
\begin{figure}[H]
\includegraphics[width=0.49\columnwidth,height=4cm]{Fig1.PNG}
\includegraphics[width=0.49\columnwidth,height=4cm]{Fig2.PNG}
\includegraphics[width=0.49\columnwidth,height=4cm]{Fig3.PNG}
\includegraphics[width=0.49\columnwidth,height=4cm]{Fig4.PNG}
\end{figure}

• Why don't you use the subcaption package? It was made specifically for your purpose. – Johannes_B Jun 17 at 4:51
• If I use subcaption package in two column formate I find it difficult to fix the position of figures while compiling it. In all my document I have used figure environment. Now I'm looking for a way to mention figure number – jerry Jun 17 at 4:53
• How I have to modify above code if I use subcaption? I want to use figure environment beside I'm using two column paper. – jerry Jun 17 at 5:13
• subcaption just deals with the labels, it is not replacing the figure environment, nor influencing the positioning. – Johannes_B Jun 17 at 5:16
• Your question is not clear. Is this picture your only picture in the article? If not, how you numbering others? See, if this answer tex.stackexchange.com/questions/20354/… can help you. – Zarko Jun 17 at 5:34

To big that can be fit in comment.

Your question is not clear. What should happen if you have more than one figure in your document? You not gives any information, if your figure with four subfigures has common figure caption or have only sub captions ...

To clarify, what we talking about see the following (dummy) document example:

\documentclass[twocolumn, 10pt]{article}
\usepackage{floatrow}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage[label font=bf, labelformat=simple]{subfig}
\usepackage{caption}
\floatsetup[figure]{style=plain,subcapbesideposition=top}
\setlength{\labelsep}{1mm}

\usepackage{lipsum} % for dummy text

\begin{document}
\lipsum[1][1]
\begin{figure}[htb]
\setkeys{Gin}{width=0.45\columnwidth,height=4cm}
\centering
\sidesubfloat[]{\includegraphics{example-image-duck}\label{fig:a}}%
\hfill
\sidesubfloat[]{\includegraphics{example-image-duck}\label{fig:b}}

\sidesubfloat[]{\includegraphics{example-image-duck}\label{fig:c}}%
\hfill
\sidesubfloat[]{\includegraphics{example-image-duck}\label{fig:d}}
\end{figure}
\lipsum[2-3]
\begin{figure}[htb]
\includegraphics[width=\columnwidth]{example-image}
\caption{What should happen if you have more than one figure in your document? See inconsistency in images numbering!}
\end{figure}
\end{document}


which gives:

(red lines indicate page layout)