Add a Caption in Publisher 2010
To get started adding captions to images in Microsoft Publisher, open the program and create a blank document.
That was easy, wasn't it? Now, let's add an image to the layout. Click "Insert" on the main menu to get the "Insert" ribbon. Next, find the "Illustrations" section.
Here you can add a placeholder, a shape, a clip art image, or a picture. Click "Picture." You will see the "Insert Picture" window open. Browse to the location where you have a picture to insert and then click the "Insert" button.
Now you will see that your image has been placed inside your publication. A new section of the ribbon, "Picture Tools," has also opened automatically.
Now, look for the section called "Picture styles." You can mouse over the control at the lower right corner of the section to open the "Format Shape" dialog to get a lot more options visible at once, but you don't have to do that now. What you want to do is mouseover the "caption" option. As you move your mouse over the icons in this section, a flag will come out to identify it for you (as seen in the image below).
Next, Click the "Captions" icon. You will see the caption gallery break out, showing you options such as "No Caption," "Formatted," "Overlay," and "Simple."
For this Publisher 2010 tutorial, we chose the Overlay "Box - Layout 1" caption format by clicking on its thumbnail. You can choose the one that you like best.
You can format the text and use the "Text Box Tools" and "Drawing Tools" to customize your caption as you see fit.