How To Add Captions To Tumblr (or Delete, Hide and And Insert Pics under Them)

On this article you will find the answer to the most common issues users find when trying to edit and manipulate Tumblr Captions.

Another very common question we address on this tutorial is how you manage to get the vertical grey line going down your username when you use captions in reblogs and replies.

So What Are Tumblr Captions Exactly?.

A caption is that text or picture you add when you reblog or reply someone else, the caption field appears right under the edition screen of the reblogged/replied post. Many users choose to watermark their pictures since you can easily delete the source and not give credit even though you could be adding your own captions.

Tumblr Caption Field

How To Add Captions to Tumblr

  1. Fairly simple, click on the reblog or reply button of some post you are interested.
  2. Fill out the Caption Field
  3. Create Post, that’s it.

How To Show Captions Under Picture Post or Other Post Types

Sometimes the code in your Tumblr theme prevent prevent captions from other people from appearing in your published posts, or in some cases, just showing in post itself and never the homepage. It’s not that caption doesn’t work on your account. This can be fixed by removing some code tags:

  1. Find these tags within your layout {block:Caption} and {/block:Caption}
  2. Once you find them, remove the {block:PermalinkPage} and {/block:PermalinkPage} that surround them.
  3. Save & Close.
  4. It could also happen that your theme doesn’t even have the Caption tags, in that case, you will need to add the following code snippet right before the ending of each post type

  5. {block:Caption}{Caption}{/block:Caption}

How To Put Pictures Under Captions on Your Post

Besides using just text to fill in the caption field when reblogging or replying another post, you can also put a picture in it, so it appears under the reblogged post.

  1. Reblog a Post
  2. In the Caption Field, click on the Tree Icon (Insert/Edit Image)
  3. Now, you need to upload your picture to any image hosting service (that includes tumblr) and obtain the full direct image path. For example is one the most popular pic hosting services due to its simplicity. Another more simple method of just getting that image you saw, is by right clicking it and choosing “copy image location”
  4. Go back to your post editing screen and to the “Edit Image” mini-screen.
  5. Paste the image url in its respective field, click on insert.
  6. Bear in mind to correctly position the cursor within the caption field before inserting the picture.

How To Hide Captions on Tumblr

If you want to permanently hide, delete or remove captions from appearing on your Tumblr, do the following:

  1. Go To Customize Theme >> Edit HTML
  2. Find and remove all {block:Caption} ,{/block:Caption} and {Caption} tags (there will probably be more than just 1 pair of them)
  3. Save and Close.

Why Don’t You See the Line under Your Username When You Reblog or Reply With Captions

The grey bold vertical line that goes down your own username when you reblog or reply to someone else’s post can only be seen by the person who gets reblogged or gets the reply. Yes, you can add some html so it looks like that line, but by default, it only displays on dashboards and published posts’ captions from the reblogged person’s point of view.

How To Get The Grey line under your username in a post

4 Responses to "How To Add Captions To Tumblr (or Delete, Hide and And Insert Pics under Them)"

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  1. Zach

    June 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I had to add “{block:Caption}{Caption}{/block:Caption}” into my HTML because it wasn’t there in the first place, and after I added it, the captions still wouldn’t show up on my blog. What should I do?


  2. tenaya

    August 14, 2012 at 3:06 am

    this is great!! very simple and helpful instructions and i was able to figure it out even though i only know the very basics of html.

    BUT is there any way to make the captions visible on only the permalink page?


  3. kristine

    August 18, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Hey! When i add captions on tumblr that grey line doesn’t show? is there a reason for that? can i fix it or something! thanks!


  4. serenewyrd

    December 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I don’t have the Tree Icon (Insert/Edit Image) button at all, how do I fix that?


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