Is it possible to make \nameref display not only the title of the section but also its number?

\section{First Section}

\subsection*{Unnumbered subsection}


As we defined in section \nameref{sec:some_sec}, yada yada yada, see section \nameref{sec:subsec}

With normal \nameref I get:

"As we defined in section First Section, yada yada yada, see section Unnumbered subsection"

what I want is a combination of numbers (as in \autoref} and section names AND (if possible) unnumbered subsections should inherit the number of the parenting section:

"As we defined in section 1 First Section, yada yada yada, see section 1 Unnumbered subsection"

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    section~\ref{sec:some_sec} \nameref{sec:some_sec}
    – egreg
    Jun 30, 2013 at 18:05
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    Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look on our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. Jun 30, 2013 at 18:18
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    Your label {sec:subsec} has a negative effect. You are using \subsection* and so there is no anchor (number) for any label. Jun 30, 2013 at 18:55
  • Marco, the answer works as I described above. For un-numbered subsections the number of the parenting section should be used -- and this is the case. Also, when i click the text in the PDF I get to the subsection (as expected). Thats exactly what I wanted ;)
    – cpt. jazz
    Jun 30, 2013 at 19:02

3 Answers 3


How about defining a new command \fullref:


% Original definition
% \newcommand\fullref[1]{\autoref{#1} \nameref{#1}} % Two links

% Updated definition, see explanation below
\newcommand*{\fullref}[1]{\hyperref[{#1}]{\autoref*{#1} \nameref*{#1}}} % One single link


\section{First Section}

\subsection*{Unnumbered subsection}


As we defined in \fullref{sec:some_sec}, yada yada yada, see \fullref{sec:subsec}


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The \fullref defined above produces two links, one by \autoref, the other by \nameref. Heiko Oberdiek suggests the following definition that combines the two into one single link:

\newcommand*{\fullref}[1]{\hyperref[{#1}]{\autoref*{#1} \nameref*{#1}}}
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    You get a full link in one piece by \newcommand*{\fullref}[1]{\hyperref[{#1}]{\autoref*{#1} \nameref{#1}}}. Jun 30, 2013 at 21:14
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    I have added the star for \nameref that I have forgotten in the comment. The star forms prevent nested double links. Jun 30, 2013 at 23:32
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    Don't you need to add \usepackage{nameref} for this to work?
    – Patrick
    Jan 13, 2015 at 13:29
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    It conflicts with the titlesec package. The reference prints things like "chapter 2" instead of the name of the section.
    – Velkan
    Nov 23, 2016 at 9:30
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    @HeikoOberdiek if I want to capitalize the first letter, can I use \newcommand*{\fullref}[1]{\hyperref[{#1}]{\Cref*{#1} \nameref*{#1}}} with cleveref package or is there a better way?
    – Diaa
    Apr 29, 2017 at 7:32

Starting with @herr-k 's answer, I went a step farther and defined four (4) new commands: \secref, \subsecref, \subsubsecref, and \parref.

\newcommand*{\secref}[1]{\hyperref[{#1}]{Specification \ref*{#1}, \nameref*{#1}}}
\newcommand*{\subsecref}[1]{\hyperref[{#1}]{Section \ref*{#1}, \nameref*{#1}}}
\newcommand*{\subsubsecref}[1]{\hyperref[{#1}]{Section , \nameref*{#1}}}
\newcommand*{\parref}[1]{\hyperref[{#1}]{Section \ref*{#1}, \nameref*{#1}}}

Doing so allows me to customize how the hyperlink text displays for each level of my document.


To get rid of the section in link text: change the \autoref to \ref.

I.e.: \newcommand*{\fullref}[1]{\hyperref[{#1}]{\ref*{#1} \nameref*{#1}}} % One single link

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