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How to change caption language in InDesign? Table, Figure to be set up in other language

Community Beginner ,
Feb 02, 2023 Feb 02, 2023

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Good afternoon all,

 

I am struggling to find a solution to this. We have an article that we are translating in various languages and I managed to translate everything EXCEPT the words "Figure" / "Table" that are automatically added before a figure/table when generating the captions.

 

How can I change these to the Korean equivalent?

 

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Community Expert , Feb 02, 2023 Feb 02, 2023

These may not be automatic captions, then. I'd suspect numbering is applied to the caption paragraph style, and that's where you'll find that 'Figure' etc. text:

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Editing this string and/or any applied character style should solve the problem.

 

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Community Expert , Feb 02, 2023 Feb 02, 2023

I suspect that, if you looked at the contents of that paragraph style ("LCS KR - Caption List..."), you would find that the "Figure n. — " is set up in the Bullets and Numbering section.  

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If you are using InDesign's Caption feature, the caption structure can be defined in Object | Captions.

 

It is a weak and inflexible feature that depends on pulling the caption from the image's metadata, so you may have to edit the metadata in each image as well. Or substitute fixed captions and edit the content for each manually.

 


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Hi James,

 

Thank you for your quick reply.

 

What I get when I go to Object -> Caption -> Caption Setup is this and the actual text of the caption is something I can edit. So the numbering is automatic (Figure 1, Figure 2) but the description is not taken by metadata. 

 

The issue I have is that I don't want the word "Figure" but I want it to be in another language, however I cannot select the word Figure, nor I can find where to define it either.

 

Any idea where can I look?

 

InDesign itself is in English, but all the Paragraph styles for this document have been switched to Korean.

 

Thanks for the help!

 

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These may not be automatic captions, then. I'd suspect numbering is applied to the caption paragraph style, and that's where you'll find that 'Figure' etc. text:

JamesGiffordNitroPress_0-1675353957434.png

 

Editing this string and/or any applied character style should solve the problem.

 


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I suspect that, if you looked at the contents of that paragraph style ("LCS KR - Caption List..."), you would find that the "Figure n. — " is set up in the Bullets and Numbering section.  

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Thanks all, that's the one!

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Yes, unfortunately most ID docs have many "ones." 🙂

 


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