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How do I number equations only if they are referred to in the text?

While I am writing a document, I like to use align rather than align* and label them for all equations that I write in case I need to refer to them later in the document. I end up not referencing some of the equations I have labeled. I was wondering if there is an easy way to strip equation numbers for equations that are not called using eqref anywhere in the document?

I can imagine this can be a difficult task where LaTeX will have to keep a list of labels and a list of eqrefs and then unless the document is changed between compilations, "un-number" the ones in its list of labels that are not found in the list of eqrefs.

Well, worth asking anyway! :)


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You can use the option showonlyrefs in the package mathtools. See §3.2.2 "Showing only referenced tags" in the manual for details.





See \eqref{eq:1}.





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