# Referencing to the current Section, Subsection

I am writting a long report and I would like to refer in every Section, Subsection, etc. to the Section, Subsection, etc. itself via a \ref{} (it is not enough to print the section name or number without a hyperref) as demonstrated in the example below.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{hyperref}

\newcommand{\sectionlabel}{}

\newcommand{\newSection}[2]{
\section{#1}
\label{Section:#2}
\renewcommand{\sectionlabel}{Section:#2}}

\newcommand{\sectionref}[1]{Section~\ref{#1}}

\begin{document}

\newSection{Title 1}{Section:1}

\newSection{Title 2}{Section:2}

\subsection{Subsection}

This is Section~\ref{\sectionlabel}.

\end{document}


Is it possible to directly to access the label name of the current section, subsection etc. without having to define a \newSection command or anything equivalent? More precisely, I am interested in a command \thisSectionLabel which can be used as

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{hyperref}

\begin{document}

\section{Title 1}
\label{Section:1}

\section{Title 2}
\label{Section:2}
\subsection{Subsection}

This is Section~\ref{\thisSectionLabel}.

\end{document}


and produces the same output as the first example.

A more automated version supporting hyperlinks:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{hyperref}

\makeatletter
\newcommand\refthis{%
}
\newcommand\refthistype[1]{%
\begingroup
\Hy@localanchornametrue
\hyper@makecurrent{#1}%
\endgroup
}
\makeatother
\begin{document}

\section{Title 1}

\section{Title 2}
\subsection{Subsection}

This is Subsection~\refthis\ in Section~\refthistype{section}.

\end{document}


Here \refthis always refers to the most recent referenceable command, independent of the existence of a \label.

• Thank you for your answer. Is it possible to refer to a specific environment? In your case \refthis refers to the Subsection instead of the Section "Title 2", which is what I want to achieve. – mathEnthusiast Apr 14 '18 at 14:39
• @mathEnthusiast I added \refthistype to refer for example to the current section. – Marcel Krüger Apr 14 '18 at 15:06

Why not simply use the current values of the section and subsection counters?

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\section{A section}
This is section \arabic{section}.
\subsection{A subsection}
This is subsection \arabic{section}.\arabic{subsection}
\end{document}


• Thank you for your reply. Because this does not provide the same functionality that I want to achieve. I want hyperreferences linking to Section 1 and Section 2. – mathEnthusiast Apr 14 '18 at 14:37