Forgot your password?

How to Add Captions to Images in InfoBarrel Articles

By Edited Dec 19, 2015 6 19

Pictures with captions engage the reader more readily

Add captions using the InfoBarrel text editor

Appealing Image with a Caption
An image with a caption engages the reader.

InfoBarrelers agree that adding captions to the pictures in your Infobarrel articles is one of the best ways to make them more appealing, both to the human visitor and to search engines. Dr_E wrote a useful article that explained one way to add captions using Microsoft Paint or a similar image editor. For the less technically minded – like me – here is an alternative method that uses the InfoBarrel editor and doesn’t require HTML skills.

I'll take you through the steps that I use to insert images with captions; you may like to format things differently depending on how you usually lay out your pages.

Write your copy as normal, using whatever editor you prefer, and transfer to the InfoBarrel editor when you are ready. Upload the images that you want to use with your article, using the InfoBarrel media uploader and add titles, descriptions and the like in the usual way. I size my images to 280 pixels wide - you may use different sizes.

Table Properties Dialog Box
Fill out the "Table Properties" dialog box.

I generally insert a picture at the top of each article, left-aligned, 280 pixels wide (note: some of my earlier articles need editing and I'm waiting until I'm pre-approved to do this). This fits neatly to the left of the top AdSense block, although your H2 and H3 lines may fill this space anyway.

Position the cursor at the start of the first paragraph and click the "Insert Table" button. Fill out the dialog box that appears, setting "Columns," and "Rows" to "1", "Alignment" to "Left" and "Width" to "280." Check the "Caption" box and insert the table.

You'll see the outline of the table appear in your article - empty at this stage. Now drag an image from the media panel into the top cell in the table. If your image is wider than the table width you set, the table will stretch to accommodate it.

Drag an Image Into the Top Cell
Drag the image into the top cell of the table.

Type your required caption into the bottom cell. You can align and resize the text within the cell using the regular text editor features.

You're done! When you save the article and preview, your images should appear like the ones in this article. Try playing around with the table settings to produce different effects - you may like solid borders, for example. If you want to put two images side-by-side, I'm pretty sure you could use a 2-column table to accomplish this.

As far as I'm aware, this won't affect any SEO aspects of the article - SEO experts please correct me if I'm wrong - and since the caption is in text, it's better than embedding it in the image. You can set all the other image attributes exactly as usual.

Good luck! One small word of warning – I found that some browsers can be temperamental when saving your article. I didn't actually lose anything, but it took a while for the edits to save. I have tried Chrome and Firefox, both of which work OK. (mostly ...)


Mar 3, 2012 7:17am
You have explained this well for us to understand. Thanks for sharing that info.
Mar 3, 2012 8:26am
You're welcome - just paying it forward ...
Mar 6, 2012 1:58am
Wow.. good article! Was wondering how to do layout for my pictures, and also to include a caption..
Mar 6, 2012 4:51am
Thanks - I used to put captions on pictures in Word using this method, so decided to see if it would work here - which it did.
I just edited the piece as I realised that I the table width at the top should be 280 pixels, not 300.
Mar 26, 2012 3:51am
Thank you for this information about captions on pictures. Your precise instructions are most helpful!
Mar 26, 2012 4:12am
You're welcome - I'm glad it's useful.
May 16, 2012 5:57am
Thanks for this info on picture captions. WIll try it with my next article
May 16, 2012 6:10am
Thanks for the comment - feel free to PM me if you have any difficulty.
May 22, 2012 3:54pm
Excellent information! I've been here 2 years and didn't know we could add captions to my photos. I usually write my articles on Word, then copy and paste onto IB. I noticed, however, that I couldn't paste any captions - is there a way to add symbols such as copyright, etc.?

Great job PhilipG, "Thumbs-Up!"
May 29, 2012 2:29am
Thanks Deb - I missed your comment when you first posted it for some reason. I did some experimenting in WordPress to get the technique right as I could see images captions were sources of contention generally.
I'll check out other symbols - maybe another article beckons ...
Jun 17, 2012 4:44am
Hi Deb - I followed up your final question, and I just published a new article about inserting symbols that you might find helpful!
Jun 18, 2012 8:57am
Thanks! I'm going to read it now!!
May 29, 2012 1:55am
Your tips helped me put my first article together, so thanks for the great tips! Sharyn
May 29, 2012 2:31am
Thanks Sharyn - you're very welcome.I've always found InfoBarrel to be a very supportive place to write, and I like to pay it forward.
Jun 8, 2012 6:39am
Can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing.
Jun 8, 2012 7:08am
You're welcome Judy - thanks for commenting
Jun 8, 2012 7:08am
This comment has been deleted.
Jun 8, 2012 12:04pm
Good stuff, saving people a lot of time i think
Mar 16, 2014 1:33pm
My browser is indeed tempermental when it comes to saving Inforbarrel material. Thanks for the tips.
Apr 13, 2015 8:55am
Great information which answered a problem I'd been trying to solve.

Unfortunately I had a lot of difficulty getting the pics and captions placed where I wanted them. Eventually I realised that two of them were too big, and after I resized them, this method seemed to work really well.
Add a new comment - No HTML
You must be logged in and verified to post a comment. Please log in or sign up to comment.

Explore InfoBarrel

Auto Business & Money Entertainment Environment Health History Home & Garden InfoBarrel University Lifestyle Sports Technology Travel & Places
© Copyright 2008 - 2016 by Hinzie Media Inc. Terms of Service Privacy Policy XML Sitemap

Follow IB InfoBarrel University