This is my first question, so I'm sorry if there are detiails missing or my question could be written more clearly. Any help is greatly appreciated.

I want to use hyperref to reference the name of one of my Appendices such that I can write:

...detailed information is found in \nameref{App:B}

And have the result be

...detailed information is found in Appendix B - Matlab Code

The thing is, my appendices are unnumbered so I have used \refstepcounter to increment the chapter counter manually. Now, when I use \ref to reference the appendix the outputted number is correct but when using \nameref, the compiled name is the last numbered chapter.

I have narrowed down the issue to have something to do with \refstepcounter redefining \ @currentlabel but even so I really struggle with understanding the exact details of what \refstepcounter has done to my \label and how to fix it.

My current code says something in the lines of



\chapter{Some numbered chapter}

\chapter*{Appendix B - Matlab Code}
\addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{Appendix B - Matlab Code}
  • I would Like them to show up as "Appendix A" and not e.g. "6 Appendix A". Maybe this is not the best way to do it.
    – Tobias
    Commented Apr 25, 2023 at 20:24
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    don't show "something in the lines". Show a full, exact example that demonstrates your issue. Commented Apr 25, 2023 at 20:25
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    See 'Appendix' before the appendix name and Display appendix section title like "Appendix A My Code Listing"?; the latter uses KOMA-script.
    – Werner
    Commented Apr 25, 2023 at 20:29
  • @UlrikeFischer It's pretty convoluted since it's across multiple documents, but I believe what I wrote includes all the important parts. Perhaps my wording was bad. I'll update it.
    – Tobias
    Commented Apr 25, 2023 at 20:30
  • Even if it does include the important parts: I have never the time nor the will to try to create a suitable test document from your snippets. But generally it is a bad idea to call \refstepcounter and \addcontentsline manually. This indicates that your setup is not correct. Commented Apr 25, 2023 at 20:39

1 Answer 1


Your main problem is, that you try to fake numbered chapters with commands for not numbered chapters. Instead you should use \chapter{…} and configure the output to what you want. For example:


  % Code from https://sf.net/p/koma-script/wiki-en/HowTo_TocAppendixPrefix/
  \renewcommand*{\tocchapapp}{\chapapp\ }%
  \addtocontents{\csname ext@toc\endcsname}{%
  % Additionally add the prefix to the format of the headings:
  \renewcommand*{\chapterformat}{\appendixname\ \thechapter\ --\ }%
  % and the format of the running heads:
  \renewcommand*{\chaptermarkformat}{\appendixname\ \thechapter\ --\ }%
% Again Code from https://sf.net/p/koma-script/wiki-en/HowTo_TocAppendixPrefix/
  \IfArgIsEmpty{#1}{% keine Nummer:
    \addtocentrydefault{chapter}{#1}{#2}% wie bisher
  }{% mit Nummer:



\chapter{Some numbered chapter}
See \autoref{App:B}: \nameref{App:B}

\chapter{Matlab Code}

table of contents, one chapter and one appendix chapter

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