As an apposite situation of this question, I would like to use cleveref, but it constantly prints unabbreviated text (Chapter, Section, etc.). Is there a way to force the abbreviated form (Chap., Sec., etc.)?

If it makes a difference, I use a KOMA-Script class:


and the full list of packages:


\usepackage{amsmath, amsthm, amssymb, url}
  • @ChristianHupfer and neither the referenced question has it. You don't always need a document body to explain the problem. – Federico Aug 4 '15 at 17:19

I don't know whether this is a good practise in English or not. In any case, you can use \crefname to provide the desired abbreviated form (by default just equations, and figures are abbreviated); I also provided non-abbreviated forms for \Cref since abbreviations should not be used at the beginning of a sentence:



\chapter{Test chapter}
\section{Test section}
As we see in \cref{sec:test} of \cref{cha:test}




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If, for some reason, you need a different variant in some part of the document, you can use something like


the extra pair of braces keeps the change local.

  • Perhaps you should add that only few label types are abbreviated by default, such as equation, figure and table... – user31729 Aug 4 '15 at 15:45
  • @ChristianHupfer Yes, I added a note; thanks. By default, table is not abbreviated, however. – Gonzalo Medina Aug 4 '15 at 15:53
  • Really? I thought it would. Thanks for correcting me! And I agree with you that constantly using abbreviations is no good style, perhaps in no language... – user31729 Aug 4 '15 at 15:54
  • correct me if I got it wrong, but I cannot have duplicates of the same \Crefname, right? (I need it abbreviated with the capital letter in certain tables) – Federico Aug 4 '15 at 17:19
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    @Federico You're right. However, you can use \Crefname as many times as you want in your document, so you can say {\Crefname{chapter}{Chap.}{Chap.} \Cref{cha:test}} (notice the extra anclosing braces to keep the change local) whereever you want to make a change. – Gonzalo Medina Aug 4 '15 at 17:22

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