I'm building a \documentclass[...]{book} latex file. Each chapter has some sections. Each section has some exercises. The exercises are displayed on \exercise command. In the preamble I did:

    \paragraph{Exercício x}

How can I set x = \chapter . \section . \mycounter?

The \mycounter counter has to reset at beginning of each new section (I don't care about chapter because all exercises will be inside a section).

Thanks in advance.

  • \thechapter.\thesection.\themycounter? or better define \themycounter as \renecommand{\thechapter.\thesection.\arabic{mycounter}} . welcome to tex.se!
    – Zarko
    Nov 17, 2018 at 19:03
  • @Zarko Under normal circumstances \thesection already prints the chapter number, so \thechapter.\thesection would duplicate the chapter number. Nov 17, 2018 at 19:09
  • @PhelypeOleinik, well, you explain this in your answer. but not knowing anything about op document, it is difficult to say what is usual ... :-).
    – Zarko
    Nov 17, 2018 at 19:16
  • @Zarko I completely agree :-) Nov 17, 2018 at 19:19

1 Answer 1


You have to define a counter exercise with \newcounter{exercise}, then you say that it restarts at every section with \counterwithin{exercise}{section}.

To make \thesection (which prints the value of the section) to be chapter.section.exercise you can use \thesection.\arabic{exercise} because \thesection is already defined to print chapter.section. Of course you could also use \arabic{chapter}.\arabic{section}.\arabic{exercise}, but then if any of them happened to be, for instance, with roman numbers, it would look inconsistent.

Finally, at each exercise you use \refstepcounter{exercise} to add one to it, and print \theexercise.

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\chapter{I don't care about}

\section{This section}

\exercise \lipsum[1]

\exercise \lipsum[2]

\section{Another section}

\exercise \lipsum[3]


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