# Figures in Latex

Hi I have a problem inserting figures into latex, if I write the following script;

\begin{figure}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.5\textwidth]{gull}
\caption{Close-up of a gull}
\label{gull}
\end{figure}

I get a picture of gull and underneath it says Figure 1: Close-up of a gull

That's fine but I need it to say JUST

Close-up of a gull

Is there anyway of getting rid of the "Figure 1:" part!?

Any help would be great. Thanks.

AlephZero
Homework Helper
There are probably some LaTex packages that let you do this cleanly, but the following works. Change the \@makecaption macro, which outputs the caption.

Put this code just before \begin{document}

Code:
\makeatletter
\long\def\@makecaption#1#2{%
\vskip\abovecaptionskip
\sbox\@tempboxa{#2}%
\ifdim \wd\@tempboxa >\hsize
#2\par
\else
\global \@minipagefalse
\[email protected]@\hsize{\hfil\box\@tempboxa\hfil}%
\fi
\vskip\belowcaptionskip}
\makeatother

The original version (in the book and article styles) had the lines
\sbox\@tempboxa{#1: #2}%
and
#1: #2\par

Parameter #1 is the figure number, #2 is the text of the caption.

If should be fairly obvious what the changes do to the output format. The rest of the code is to decide if the caption is short enough to fit on one line or needs a complete paragraph. If you only want to use LaTeX rather than understand it, just copy and paste!