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Is it possible to tell LaTeX only use \pageref if the referenced object isn't on actual page?

if \pageref{fig:hello_world} != self.page then
  \pageref{fig:hello_world}
end
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Do you know package varioref (and cleveref)? varioref adds \pageref into the reference, if the figure or table is more than one page away. –  Kurt Aug 30 '12 at 16:18
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I think perhaps you might like the varioref and/or the cleveref packages

varioref

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\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{varioref}

\begin{document}

\begin{itemize}
  \item Here is a reference to Table \vref{tab:thispage}. 
  \item Here's a reference to Table \vref{tab:nextpage}.
\end{itemize}

\begin{table}[!htb]
  \centering
  \begin{tabular}{cc}
    1 & 2
  \end{tabular}
  \caption{Table}
  \label{tab:thispage}
\end{table}

\clearpage
\setcounter{page}{20}

\begin{table}[!htb]
  \centering
  \begin{tabular}{cc}
    1 & 2
  \end{tabular}
  \caption{Table}
  \label{tab:nextpage}
\end{table}
\end{document}

cleveref

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\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{varioref}
\usepackage{cleveref}

% each of the following has two versions
%   \crefname{environmentname}{singular}{plural}, to be used mid-sentence
%   \Crefname{environmentname}{singular}{plural}, to be used at the beginning of a sentence

% standard environments
\crefname{table}{Table}{Tables}
\Crefname{table}{Table}{Tables}

\begin{document}

\begin{itemize}
  \item Here is a reference to  \vref{tab:thispage}. 
  \item Here's a reference to \vref{tab:nextpage}.
\end{itemize}

\begin{table}[!htb]
  \centering
  \begin{tabular}{cc}
    1 & 2
  \end{tabular}
  \caption{Table}
  \label{tab:thispage}
\end{table}

\clearpage
\setcounter{page}{20}

\begin{table}[!htb]
  \centering
  \begin{tabular}{cc}
    1 & 2
  \end{tabular}
  \caption{Table}
  \label{tab:nextpage}
\end{table}
\end{document}
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You can use the refcount package to get the page number of the reference. Then you can use the xifthen package to do a comparison of integer values. You can get the value of the current page with the \value{page} command. In the MWE below, you can comment or uncomment the \clearpage to demonstrate the difference in behavior.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{refcount}
\usepackage{xifthen}
\usepackage[demo]{graphicx}

\begin{document}
\begin{figure}
    \caption{Testing}\label{fig:test}
    \includegraphics[width=0.4\textwidth]{temp}
\end{figure}
%Uncomment the clearpage command to get the pageref to print
%\clearpage
\ifthenelse{\getpagerefnumber{fig:test}=\value{page}}{}{\pageref{fig:test}}

\end{document}

You could now simplify things by changing the pageref command, so that you could can use pageref like normal, but it would run your conditional code.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{refcount}
\usepackage{xifthen}
\usepackage[demo]{graphicx}

\let\originalPageref\pageref
\renewcommand{\pageref}[1]{\ifthenelse{\getpagerefnumber{#1}=\value{page}}{}{\originalPageref{#1}}}
\begin{document}
\begin{figure}
    \caption{Testing}\label{fig:test}
    \includegraphics[width=0.4\textwidth]{temp}
\end{figure}
%Uncomment the clearpage command to get the pageref to print
%\clearpage
\pageref{fig:test}

\end{document}
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