# Using individual tex files for individual figures

Is there any problems in the future if I use individual .tex files for individual figures? For example, instead of having the code below,

some text

\begin{figure}[h!]
\includegraphics[scale=1.7]{birds.jpg}
\caption{The birds}
\label{fig:birds}
\end{figure}

some more text


it would be something like this.

some text

some more text


figure_about_birds.tex would be the section of code below.

\begin{figure}[h!]
\includegraphics[scale=1.7]{birds.jpg}
\caption{The birds}
\label{fig:birds}
\end{figure}


It might be a hassle to try to go back and fix the formatting of the figure, but I think the main .tex file will read a lot better if it is like this. I also don't want to do something naughty that will hurt me in the future.

• Hi and welcome to the site! I don't know which tools you're using, but with the right editor you could keep all the lines in your one file and use cold folding to streamline the look. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_folding – James Oct 3 '19 at 13:18
• Cool! I use overleaf, and it looks like that is an option. I guess one problem with it is that the figure name does not show when it is folded. It just says " \begin{figure}<-> \end{figure}". Regardless, it is a neat trick. Thanks! – ZachS Oct 3 '19 at 14:00

You can use \input for this (there is no \insert command in latex by default). That should have no issues at all.

Unrelated though: you should not use [h!] LaTeX will usually warn about that and change the option.

keyfloat package provides an equally short syntax without making editing of additional files necessary:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{keyfloat}

\begin{document}

some text

\keyfig[h!]{s=.5,c={The birds},l={fig:birds}}{birds}

some more text

\end{document}