Microsoft KB Archive/169929

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Article ID: 169929

Article Last Modified on 1/19/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q169929


When you update a caption that has been grouped with an object, the caption may update to zero.


This problem occurs when objects that float over text are grouped with captions. The captions may not update correctly.


To work around this problem, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the object that contains a caption.
  2. On the shortcut menu, point to Grouping, and then click Ungroup.
  3. Repeat steps 1-2 for each object that contains a caption.
  4. To update the caption fields, use any of the following methods:
    • On the File menu, click Print Preview, and then click Close.


    • Click to select a caption and then press F9 to update the caption. Repeat this step for each of the caption fields.


    • Right-click a caption, and then click Update Field on the shortcut menu. Repeat this step for each of the caption fields.

  5. Regroup each of your objects with their captions.


This problem also occurs when you insert the caption into a text box, group the object with the text box, and then update the fields.

For more information about how to group, ungroup, and regroup objects, click the Office Assistant, type "How do you group objects?" (without the quotation marks), click Search, and then click to view the "Group, ungroup, and regroup drawing objects" topic.

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Word Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component

For additional information about captions, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

161868 WD97: Captions in textboxes don't update correctly

158918 WD97: How to Insert a Caption to an Equation or Object

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