How is it possible to include figure labeling in latex? By labeling I mean that if I import several figures:

    \includegraphics[height = 0.2\textwidth,width=0.8\textwidth]{Figure1.pdf}
    \includegraphics[height = 0.2\textwidth,width=0.8\textwidth]{Figure2.pdf}
    \includegraphics[height = 0.2\textwidth,width=0.8\textwidth]{Figure3.pdf}
    \includegraphics[height = 0.2\textwidth,width=0.8\textwidth]{Figure4.pdf}
    \includegraphics[height = 0.2\textwidth,width=0.8\textwidth]{Figure5.pdf}

How can I number these figures, such as the first figure as (a) the second as (b) and so on... I would like these to show in the top left corner outside each graphic which I can then refer to in the caption.

  • Have a look at the subfig package. – Jellby Jun 27 '12 at 8:58

You need the subfig or the subcaption package for that. Here is an example using the subfig package:


\subfloat[caption of the subfigure]{\includegraphics[height = 0.2\textwidth,width=0.8\textwidth]{Figure1.pdf}\label{fig:subfig-a}}\\
\subfloat[caption of the subfigure]{\includegraphics[height = 0.2\textwidth,width=0.8\textwidth]{Figure2.pdf}}\\
\subfloat[caption of the subfigure]{\includegraphics[height = 0.2\textwidth,width=0.8\textwidth]{Figure3.pdf}}\\
\subfloat[caption of the subfigure]{\includegraphics[height = 0.2\textwidth,width=0.8\textwidth]{Figure4.pdf}}...
\caption{caption of the whole figure}\label{fig:whole}
The whole figure is~\label{fig:whole} and the first subfigure is~\label{fig:subfig-a}.

See subcaption vs. subfig: Best package for referencing a subfigure for differences between the two packages


The easiest way is to put everything in a structure like this :

    \includegraphics[height = 0.2\textwidth,width=0.8\textwidth]{Figure1.pdf}\\
    (a) Your label of choice\\
    \includegraphics[height = 0.2\textwidth,width=0.8\textwidth]{Figure2.pdf}\\
    (b) Your label of choice\\
 \caption{Your caption}

This is what i did in one of my reports and the result is fine. the \bigskip is here to add some space between the last line of the tabular and the caption.

  • 1
    Use the right tool for the job. In this case, tables aren't it. – You Jun 27 '12 at 9:06
  • depends on the result you're looking for. my example works well for figure with width=\textwidth... – s__C Jun 27 '12 at 9:23
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    Semantically, subfloats is a better choice. Functionally, I'd say minipages and subfloats are simpler, more flexible and more appropriate. – You Jun 27 '12 at 11:38

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