Using LyX and KOMA Script to author a technical manual.


The documents are strewn with the following references:


When converted to PDF, this results in "1.1" for the figure number, whereas I would prefer it to read "Figure 1.1". Similarly, for Tables and Listings, they should read "Table 1.1" and "Listing 1.1", respectively.


The caption code is:

\caption{\label{fig:Example-Query-Statement}Example Query Statement}

The reference code is:


The document preamble includes:


The result is: "The screen shot in 1.1 shows ..."

The desired result is: "The screen shot in Figure 1.1 shows ..."



\renewcommand{\ref}[1]{Figure {\oldref{#1}}}






How do you change the \ref command to include a \figurename prefix without having to edit (and thus duplicate) the code for every figure (that already has the \ref)?

Thank you!


1 Answer 1


Hyperref has autoref which takes care of this stuff. It is described briefly here.

This solution doesn't do exactly what you want. That is, it doesn't redefine \ref. But I'm not sure that's a great idea anyway. (weirdly \let\ref\autoref doesn't seem to do anything). So to have what you want, you need to do two things:

Add \usepackage{hyperref} to your preamble and then put \let\ref\autoref just after your \begin{document}

If you don't like the ugly coloured borders hyperref puts on your references see this. Alternatively, you can also add the nohyperref package after the hyperref package.

Hyperref causes lots of nasty package conflicts, so put it near the end of your preamble.

  • @Dave if you're using hyperref anyway, why use cref, rather than autoref!? It's one less package to load...
    – Seamus
    Nov 28, 2010 at 18:31
  • @Dave once you put the \let\ref\autoref after the \begin{document} it should work fine... And that's the same story with cleveref...
    – Seamus
    Nov 28, 2010 at 19:50

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