Disabled Captions options after Caption Setup is Complete

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Jul 26, 2021 Jul 26, 2021

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Hi, really struglling with image captions. I've set up a caption paragraph style and assigned it in the Captions Setup dialog box.

 

As far as I can figure it, I've done everything I need to do to set up captioning. However, when I click on an image to add a caption, only the Captions Setup menu item is enabled. The options for actually adding a static or live caption are disabled (greyed out).

 

What might I be doing wrong? 

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Jul 26, 2021 Jul 26, 2021

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Hi @GrahamCow:

 

Do you have one or more graphic frames selected before you choose Object > Captions > Generate Live/Static Caption? 

 

~Barb

 

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Dec 26, 2021 Dec 26, 2021

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@GrahamCow Have you found a solution for this issue? I have the same problem. Can't help but think I am missing something simple.

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Dec 26, 2021 Dec 26, 2021

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The image can't be anchored when you want to assign a caption. You have to 'release' it, then add the caption, then re-anchor the group.

 

This entire process fails at multiple points when you export to EPUB — I note that only because you have your post tagged EPUB. The only consistently successful method of captioning an image for EPUB and Kindle is to make the caption a separate paragraph immediately following the anchored image frame—no text frame, no grouping. Do it all with the paragraph styles.

|| Word & InDesign to Kindle (& EPUB): a Professional Guide (Amazon)

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If you set up your live caption variables and insert the variables into the text frames, you can group the elements. (I put mine in an ID Library.) Place your image and the captions will appear--you don't need to enable anything. You can convert to a static caption after import if you wish.

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