Tables and figures can have captions automatically created for them. In this demonstration, we set it up for all tables in a document.
Open a Word document. Click the References tab, then in the Captions group, select Insert Caption.
The Caption dialog box opens.
Click the AutoCaption button to open the AutoCaption dialog box.
From the Add caption when inserting list, click the check box next to each type of item you want to have a caption for; in this case we select Microsoft Word Table.
From the Use label dropdown, select the appropriate label, in this case Table. If we wanted to create an entirely new label we could do so using the New Label button.
The captions are automatically numbered – to change the numbering scheme, click the Numbering button.
Select your required format from the Format dropdown list, then click OK twice.
As you insert tables into your document, they are now automatically labelled Table 1, Table 2, etc.