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Incorrect target of \label link produced by hyperref

Labeling and linking in LaTeX confuses me.

I have something like the following:

\section{main section}
 %lots of text
%more text

I want to be able to link to the second label, but it seems those labels are associated with the previous document element (in this case a main section)

So something like:

\hyperref[SomethingDescribedButNotDocumentElement]{link to 2nd label}

But this jumps up to the sec:mainsection label.

  • How do I link to an arbitrary section of my document (which may be not described by section or figure etc)?
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marked as duplicate by yo', clemens, egreg, bloodworks, Martin Schröder Jan 16 '13 at 23:06

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maybe you want to use \pageref instead of \ref? – cmhughes Jan 16 '13 at 22:25
is there another section or do you have 2 labels in the same section? – Rico Jan 16 '13 at 22:29
there are some good ideas in this question: When do I need to invoke \phantomsection?. – barbara beeton Jan 16 '13 at 22:40
@Timebandit this would not be a problem if I did not have two labels in the same section/subsection/etc – enderland Jan 16 '13 at 22:43
@enderland It is not really a mistake to ask something that has been here before, as long as you don't mind getting it closed. – yo' Jan 16 '13 at 22:50

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You can generate a new anchor by \phantomsection. The syntax of \hyperref with optional argument can be used to link an arbitrary text to this location:


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Perfect! This is exactly what I needed. – enderland Jan 16 '13 at 22:42
It is not a bad question. However, we all know that it has been asked many times here. In my opinion, instead of answering it, the duplicate should be found and the question closed. – yo' Jan 16 '13 at 22:46

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