# [Tex/LaTex] Change caption name of figures

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How can I modify the caption name of a figure? For example I have

\caption{This is a figure.}


and by default the caption appears as

Figure 1: This is a figure.

However I want

Fig.1 – This is a figure.

First, you have to redefine \figurename.

Option1: Without using the babel package:

\renewcommand{\figurename}{Fig.}


Option2: With babel (and English as language):

\addto\captionsenglish{\renewcommand{\figurename}{Fig.}}


For other babel languages you need to use the proper \captions<language> command instead of \captionsenglish in the command above.

For changing the separator between label and caption text, I recommend the caption package.

\documentclass{article}

\renewcommand{\figurename}{Fig.}

\usepackage[labelsep=endash]{caption}

\begin{document}

\begin{figure}
\centering
\rule{1cm}{1cm}
\caption{This is a figure}
\end{figure}

\end{document}


EDIT: In case anyone wonders how to change the caption name of tables: Redefine \tablename.