# How to move subcaptions in a subfigure environments

I am using the subfigure environment to show 4 figures, 2 in each line. Now, the problem is that the caption of each figure goes over two lines. I want the caption to be written in one line, but at the same time keep the dimensions of my figures small. Here is how I have included my figures:

\begin{figure}[t!]
\centering
\begin{subfigure}{.3\textwidth}
\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{imgs/first_figure.png}
\vspace*{.2cm}
\caption{My first subcaption.}
\end{subfigure}\hspace*{3cm}
\begin{subfigure}{.3\textwidth}
\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{imgs/second_figure.png}
\vspace*{.2cm}
\caption{second subcaption is slightly longer.}
\end{subfigure} \\\vspace*{.5cm}
\begin{subfigure}{.3\textwidth}
\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{imgs/third_figure.png}
\vspace*{.2cm}
\caption{third subcaption is slightly longer.}
\end{subfigure}\hspace*{3cm}
\begin{subfigure}{.3\textwidth}
\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{imgs/fourth_figure.png}
\vspace*{.2cm}
\caption{fourth subcaption is slightly longer.}
\end{subfigure}
\vspace*{.5cm}
\caption{Four figures.}
\end{figure}


I tried putting an additional \hspace*{-2cm} in front of each subcaption, but it litterally had no effect at all. That's strange as the \vspace*{.2cm} is doing exactly what I intended. Any suggestions?

• The caption gets its width from the minipage. Using negative \hspace won't help. You would need another minipage or \parbox with a wider width. Jun 22 '20 at 16:09

Since you have 4 subfigures, you can easily use up to 0.5\textwidth for each. You just need to shrink the images.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{subcaption}
\begin{document}
\begin{figure}[t]
\centering
\begin{subfigure}{.5\textwidth}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.6\linewidth]{example-image-a}
\caption{My first subcaption.}
\end{subfigure}%
\begin{subfigure}{.5\textwidth}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.6\linewidth]{example-image-b}
\caption{second subcaption is slightly longer.}
\end{subfigure}

\begin{subfigure}{.5\textwidth}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.6\linewidth]{example-image-c}
\caption{third subcaption is slightly longer.}
\end{subfigure}%
\begin{subfigure}{0.5\textwidth}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.6\linewidth]{example-image}
\caption{fourth subcaption is slightly longer.}
\end{subfigure}
\vspace{.3cm}% plus 0.2
\caption{Four figures.}
\end{figure}
\end{document}