Is there any way to find all the cross references to a label in a LyX document?

One solution is to search through the source file, but I was wondering if there is anything provided in the GUI.

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Your best bet here is to activate theOutline panel with View --> Outline Pane (Document --> Outline in older versions of LyX), and choose Labels and references. There you'll get a list of all labels, and you can expand each item to get links to the places where it is referenced.

It also shows the type of reference.

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  • This is works too. I think the two methods exposed here are complementary. Thanks
    – Bogdan
    Sep 4, 2013 at 2:53
  • Note that this feature is located under the View menu in later versions of LyX and is called Outline Pane.
    – Zero3
    Jan 6, 2016 at 17:39
  • @Zero3 Thanks for the note, I updated my answer. Jan 6, 2016 at 20:49

Your best bet here is to use a LaTeX-based approach via showkeys. Just add the package to your LaTeX preamble:

\usepackage{showkeys}% http://ctan.org/pkg/showkeys

It highlights \labels in the margin, and \refs inline:

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\usepackage{showkeys}% http://ctan.org/pkg/showkeys
\section{First section}\label{first}
See section~\ref{last}.
\section{Second section}\label{second}
See section~\ref{first}.
\section{Last section}\label{last}
See section~\ref{first}.
  • Thanks. Works like a charm. There are some issues when the \ref(s) are too close together and the highlights overlap, but it does the job.
    – Bogdan
    Sep 3, 2013 at 20:44
  • @Bogdan: That's true - the setting of keys is made in such a way so as to not influence the document layout. From a technical point of view, this means that the keys have no vertical/horizontal length. As such, they overlap with other things. But that's why this would/should only be used as a debugging tool.
    – Werner
    Sep 3, 2013 at 20:46

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