# Cross-references: managing references when there are 1000+ across 100 pages

I am using Emacs with AUCTeX in case that matters.

I have many \labeled items and was wondering if there is a way to bring up a list of them? I hate having to scroll through to the document to find the \label{eq:...}, \label{fig:...}, etc. since I can't remember all the names. Is there an easy way to see a list of them when I am looking to cross-reference one.

So right now I am trying to reference two equations, but I can't remember the label name. How can I obtain it without scrolling through the .tex file?

What do I do from here? I can't get to the \ref option no matter what I hit or do.

• Do you mean C-c )? Hit <space> to get reftex to bring up an outline of the document and offer options in the mini-buffer. (Note: if you are using AUCTeX, you are also probably using reftex by default.) – jon Jun 14 '13 at 3:09
• @jon after I hit C-c ), I get a choice select reference format: [^M] \ref and [p] \pageref, but whenever I hit space as you suggested, ^M, or try to navigate to it to hit enter, the buffer disappears. – dustin Jun 14 '13 at 3:13
• That doesn't seem right. Assuming I have some \labels and so forth, typing C-c ) brings up in the mini-buffer: Label type: [ efinNst] (?=Help). Hitting <SPC> at this point splits the main buffer and in the bottom one the document is parsed, showing \labels in a skeleton outline of the document. However, if I wait too long to make a selection, I get in the bottom half SELECT A LABEL TYPE and in the mini-buffer Label type: [ efinNst], and hitting <SPC> at then brings me to the outline with Select: [n]ext [p]revious [r]escan [ ]context e[x]tern [q]uit RET [?]HELP+more. – jon Jun 14 '13 at 3:54
• Of course (my fault)! This should be preliminary: it is asking you if you want to use \ref or \pageref! See the manual. (The trouble with AUCTeX is that there is too much functionality and you forget half or more of everything you've learned every month or so....) – jon Jun 14 '13 at 4:06
• From the screen shot, it looks like you should just hit <RET> and it will default to \ref, whereas you should type p <RET> if you want \pageref. However, I don't see the manual open at all in the screenshot but a *RefTeX Select* buffer. The ^M is a carriage return. – jon Jun 14 '13 at 4:13

"From the screen shot, it looks like you should just hit and it will default to \ref, whereas you should type p if you want \pageref. However, I don't see the manual open at all in the screenshot but a RefTeX Select buffer. The ^M is a carriage return."