I'm doing

\chapter{chap_one} \newcommand{\chap_oneChapter}{\thechapter}
bla bla bla
\chapter{chap_two} \newcommand{\chap_twoChapter}{\thechapter}
\chap_oneChapter and then \chap_twoChapter

I expected to have printed

1 and then 2

but instead I have

2 and then 2

as if every time LaTeX finds a \chap_oneChapter, it assigns the value of \thechapter, which is not what I wanted. How can I do this correctly?

  • I don't understand the relationship between your \newcommands and the use of \VectorOperatorsChapter and \AnotherTopicChapter. Can you explain?
    – Werner
    Sep 26, 2016 at 4:28
  • @Werner sorry, I edited the question! Sep 26, 2016 at 9:55

1 Answer 1


Are you looking for \label{..} and \ref{..}?

\chapter{chap one vector operators} \label{chap:VectorOperators}
bla bla bla
\chapter{chap two another topic} \label{chap:AnotherTopic}
\ref{chap:VectorOperators} and then \ref{chap:AnotherTopic}

In any case, if that's not what you are looking for…

Roughly you have to expand it, \edef for instance. Note that you can't have _ in the name of commands.

\chapter{chap one vector operators} \edef\VectorOperatorsChapter{\thechapter}
bla bla bla
\chapter{chap two another topic} \edef\AnotherTopicChapter{\thechapter}
\VectorOperatorsChapter{} and then \AnotherTopicChapter

This might give problems at some point, you would need \protected@edef to be secure. So you might want to define


and then use like \savevalue\AnotherTopicChapter{\thechapter}.

  • What is the difference between \def and \edef? And no, \label and \ref are not what I'm looking for, actually I'll use this variables I'm trying to define inside some sort of \ref. Sep 26, 2016 at 3:42
  • @BrunoMurino -- Maybe you want to look at this answer: tex.stackexchange.com/a/519/8528 (there's actually a few good \edef questions on this site).
    – jon
    Sep 26, 2016 at 4:36
  • 1
    @BrunoMurino \edef expands its contents at the moment of definition. If you defined with \def (or \newcommand) the only thing you are storing is the symbolic \thechapter so it expands to its value later rather than at the point of definition. In any case, you can still label de chapter and do \def\VectorOperatorsChapter{\ref{chap:VectorOperators}} and use \VectorOperatorsChapter and it will work as you expect.
    – Manuel
    Sep 26, 2016 at 5:10
  • @Manuel Thanks! Everything is working fine now! And thanks for the explanation! Sep 26, 2016 at 9:57

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