I have seen some solutions on here to problems regarding removing red boxes from hyperlinks, but I have an issue with red boxes around references. Whenever I use the commands \eqref{} or \footnote{} the number in the PDF has a big red box around it. I have linked the issue to my classicthesis package. I like the formatting of this package, but I don't want to have red boxes around my references. What can I do? My document preamble is:

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    Welcome to TeX.sx! – cgnieder Nov 21 '14 at 18:02
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    Isn't tex.stackexchange.com/questions/823/… what you need? – egreg Nov 21 '14 at 18:04
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    \PassOptionsToPackage{draft}{hyperref} before \documentclass will remove them quite for sure, but it will remove all functionality of hyperref. For other solutions, use answers in what @egreg linked. – yo' Nov 21 '14 at 18:06
  • @egreg, I tried that but then it complained that the package conflicted with the command \begin{document} – Josh Nov 21 '14 at 18:16
  • LaTeX Error: Option clash for package hyperref. See the LaTeX manual or LaTeX Companion for explanation. Type H <return> for immediate help. ... l.14 \title {Alternate Methods of Calculus with Absolute Value Functions} – Josh Nov 21 '14 at 18:18

I avoid the option clash for hyperref by loading:


The last package in my preamble is:

\usepackage[colorlinks=true, linkcolor=Maroon, urlcolor=Maroon]{hyperref}

Obviously, you should use your own preferred colours.

I struggled with this for quite a while when I was designing the template for a scholarly journal but after some digging around, settled on this. I don't have time just now to re-trace the steps I took in finding this out but I will do so if nothing comparable works for you.

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  • Welcome to TeX.SX! You should definitely come back and elaborate on this answer – user31729 Nov 21 '14 at 22:05
  • @Christian Oh, and thanks for the warm welcome! – Ian Astley Nov 21 '14 at 23:29
  • Just had a quick check. The (Boolean) option colorlinks is set to false by default. If set to true, it colours the links rather than putting them in a bounding box. The manual gives an indication of this (but it is not wholly clear). The manual will be at /usr/local/texlive/2014/texmf-dist/doc/latex/hyperref/manual.pdf; refer to section 3.5 – Ian Astley Nov 22 '14 at 19:02

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