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I'm trying to create an image with a caption in a Page I'm working with. In the image options, I have it aligned right, with an image width of 220. Without the caption I have no problems, however with the addition of the caption it adds a div wrapper with an inline style width of 230px. The only way to fix this is by setting the width manually in the image options to 210px, which then makes the inline width 220px (it just adds 10px to the value).

How do I prevent this additional 10px from being added to the inline style width?

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Here's what you can do. There's a filter at the beginning of the shortcode execution function for the front end that will let you hijack the captions. Returning a non-empty value will stop execution of the shortcode, so if you just process the shortcode the way you want it to be processed and return that result, you can get rid of the pesky 10px of inline padding. Putting something like this in your theme's functions.php file or in a plugin will work:

function wpse14305_img_caption( $empty_string, $attributes, $content ){
    'id' => '',
    'align' => 'alignnone',
    'width' => '',
    'caption' => ''
  ), $attributes));
  if ( empty($caption) )
    return $content;
  if ( $id ) $id = 'id="' . esc_attr($id) . '" ';
  return '<div ' . $id . 'class="wp-caption ' . esc_attr($align) . '">' . do_shortcode( $content ) . '<p class="wp-caption-text">' . $caption . '</p></div>';

add_filter( 'img_caption_shortcode', 'wpse14305_img_caption', 10, 3 );
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+1 - Thanks John. I joined this SE for the express purpose of solving this problem and this is what I was looking for! –  Andrew Heath Nov 6 '11 at 0:37
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I would tend to approach this differently to John - his solution involves duplicating the internals of the img_caption_shortcode() function, which has been changed in Wordpress updates since that solution was added. Instead you can hook into the shortcode parameters passed to the caption generation code and just subtract 10px from the width to counteract what Wordpress is doing:

add_filter('shortcode_atts_caption', 'fixExtraCaptionPadding');

function fixExtraCaptionPadding($attrs)
    if (!empty($attrs['width'])) {
        $attrs['width'] -= 10;
    return $attrs;
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