These rules are taken from the KU Office of Graduate Studies Thesis or Dissertation Formatting Guidelines. To see the full thesis or dissertation formatting requirements, visit https://graduate.ku.edu/etd-formatting-and-working-multimedia-files
Adding Captions, Cross-Linking Text and Generating a List of Figures
...or tables, maps, plates or more
You can use Word's "Insert Caption" function to add automated updating to your document for figure numbers and in-text references to figures and to create an automatic "List of Tables" for your table of contents.