# Is it possible to get the name of the referenced item together with a label?

If I define a figure, table, code listing or anything similar with a caption and a label, how can I get the item name together with the reference label?

For example, if I define a figure:

\begin{figure}
\includegraphics{figures/figure.png}
\caption{Some figure.}
\label{figure:some-figure}
\end{figure}


what do I need to do to avoid writing: Figure \ref{figure:some-figure} shows and write \ref{figure:some-figure} shows to produce the following output:

"Figure 1 shows" ?

You can use the package cleveref which provides the command \cref{} which automatically adds "figure" or "table" depending on the nature of the float you are referring to. You also have the capitalized version \Cref{}.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{cleveref}

\begin{document}

\begin{figure}
\caption{This is a figure.}\label{fig}
\end{figure}

\begin{table}
\caption{This is a table.}\label{tab}
\end{table}

See \cref{fig} or \cref{tab}. \Cref{fig} shows that\dots. \Cref{tab}, on the contrary,\dots

\end{document}


Edit: if you are using listings with a custom name, you should give it explicitly to cleveref:

\crefname{lstlisting}{code listing}{code listings}
\Crefname{lstlisting}{Code Listing}{Code Listings}


See also: cleveref + listings. By the way, I think you need to load cleveref before listings.

• Thanks, I just tried it, however the cleveref package seems to ignore the alternative name for the listings package: \renewcommand{\lstlistingname}{Code Listing}, it just writes "listing 1", instead of "Code Listing 1". I just found the answer here: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/47495/cleveref-listings – tmaric Mar 21 '13 at 16:34