I searched the internet but I cant find a solution for my problem. I want a numbered and labelled equation inside the text.Something like:

The equation a+1=b (2.1) does ...

The equation a+1=b shouldn't be in a new line like usual

The equation
a+1=b (2.2)
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    Hi Paul, Welcome to TeX.SE! I edited the title of your question- hope it's ok :) If not, please feel free to role it back. Welcome to the group!
    – cmhughes
    Commented Oct 21, 2012 at 20:19

2 Answers 2


The following defines \inlineequation:

\inlineequation[<label name>]{<equation>}
  • Optionally <label name> can be given for referencing the equation.
  • \label afterwards keeps the previous referencing behavior like an environment equation would have done.
  • \refstepcounter is called at the beginning of the inline equation, because package hyperref sets the anchor here.
  • A numbered equation should probably not be broken across lines. This is prevented by the penalty settings at the beginning without loosing stretchability of glues. With \hbox or \mbox the strechability would be lost.
  • The equation number is set by \@eqnnum that takes care of the formatting of the equation number as in environment equation. It is responsible for adding parentheses and font settings.

The example file:


    % Put \refstepcounter at the beginning, because
    % package `hyperref' sets the anchor here.
    % prevent line breaks inside equation
    \relpenalty=10000 %
    \binoppenalty=10000 %
      % \displaystyle % larger fractions, ...


The equation        
does \dots



I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not (imagine a new reader searching for equation 2.1, for example), but the following seems to do what you want; note that I've used refstepcounter to increment the equation counter.


The equation $a+1=b~\refstepcounter{equation}(\theequation)\label{myeq}$

Here is a reference: \eqref{myeq}

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    Not a good idea, also in my opinion, for the same reason you mention.
    – egreg
    Commented Oct 21, 2012 at 20:28
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    used it to number an inline equation in an itemize environment; looked awesome, works perfectly, even with hyperref, thumbs up! Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 22:25

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