I would like to make some sections of the manual text left, images right. I cannot get the figure reference to not span the whole page. I tried adjusting indents and other spacing but cannot get anything to work. Is this possible? I tried a text box but the figure references will not update. They both stay "Figure 1".
How about examining the style definition for the caption? I've done a quick test, and a right-aligned paragraph with a background colour seems to do what I think you may be hoping for. For more finesse, so does a left-aligned paragraph with a First indent; this would make sure all the captions are indented equally, which would look tidy if all the graphics are the same width.