There’s a learning curve to using styles in Word. Here’s something I just found out; for me it was a bug, but for you it might be a feature.
In writing a book, I’m using the style “caption” for tables and figures. As near as I can figure, this tip applies to other styles too.
When setting up a style, you can always base it on another style. This pre-fills the formatting choices for your new style with the formatting choices of the base style.
So … I wanted my captions to be formatted the same way as a certain heading style, so I stuck the appropriately numbered heading style into the “Style based on” box in the dialog for the new style.
And I got a weird behavior that I was unable to track down over several days searching on the internet: my chapter number was part of my caption whether I checked that option or not.
For example, suppose I was in section C of Chapter 2, and I was putting a caption on table 4. Then my caption looked liked this:
2C: Table 4
But, if I clicked the checkbox to add the chapter to the caption, I’d get it in there twice, like so:
2C: Table 2C-4
I could not figure this out, until I captioned more than one table within the same section, and got the following:
2C: Table 4
2D: Table 5
2E: Table 6
Then I noticed that my sections were being incremented even though I was still in the same section.
The bug here is that because I was using automatic numbering for my chapters and section headings, when I based my caption on that heading, it got added to the automatic numbering scheme.
That actually might be a feature: there’s automatic numbering, and automatic inclusion of chapter numbers built into captions, but they are primitive.