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Continuous v. per-chapter/section numbering of figures, tables, and other document elements

Some document elements (e.g., figures in the book class) are numbered per chapter (figure 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, ...). How can I achieve continuous numbering (figure 1, 2, 3, ...)? And vice versa: Some ...
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How to output a counter with leading zeros?

I can output the value of a counter in a LaTeX document via: \setcounter{mycounter}{1} \arabic{mycounter} Which inserts a 1. But how do I format the output by, for example, adding a leading zero if ...
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Can I count the number of times each reference is cited?

I am writing a paper, and I would like to be able to find out automatically how many times each reference is cited. This could either be appended to the references in a printed version, or outputted ...
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How to suppress page 13?

A lot of buildings have no 13th floor, some planes have no 13th row etc. How do I set up a document that automatically suppresses page 13, figure 13, chapter 13 and so on, say, by jumping the counter....
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footnote counter, would like to restart from '1' each page

I would like the footnote counter to automatically restart from '1' for each page of my document.
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Wrong (hyper-)references after resetting chapter counter

The following MWE produces a PDF whose TOC has two entries: “Foo” and “Bar” with correct page numbers. So far, so good. However, upon clicking on the link to “Bar”, I am taken to the page for “Foo” ...
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How to display the final value of a counter at the beginning of a document?

At the beginning of my document, I have created a counter using \newcounter. Over the course of the document, this counter is increases using \stepcounter. How can I display the final value of the ...
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@tempdima, reserved@a, @tempcnta, what else?

I'm aware that some "temporary" LaTeX dimensions etc. exist. I would, however, like to know all of them. I know \reserved@a (macro), \@tempdima (dimension) and \@tempcnta (counter).
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Count and use the number of items in advance

When writing LaTeX code, I often successively make changes like adding or removing items. I'd like to have TeX count and update the number of items in the list automatically, as in There are \...
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What are the differences between TeX counts and LaTeX counters?

The title already states the whole question. It has been answered by Joseph Wright at http://www.texdev.net/2009/11/17/tex-counts-and-latex-counters/, but I have not seen the according answer here at ...
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Visual counter for LaTeX?

Does anyone know of a LaTeX package that implements a visual counter similar to the countdown counter of this context-module? It produces images like this: However, I would like to stick to LaTeX and ...
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custom counter and cross-referencing

I created a custom counter 'rtaskno' and a command '\rtask' as following: \newcounter{rtaskno} \newcommand{\rtask}{% \stepcounter{rtaskno}% \thertaskno} I like to use them as following: \...
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Reset equation numbering after each section

I would like to reset equation numbering after each section or subsection. Right now I use \setcounter{equation}{0} I saw in another page you could also reset it by adding the following line to the ...
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How to increase counter for \subsection

How can I make the first subsection under a section start on "d"? I currently have the following code to get a,b,c,d...: \renewcommand{\thesubsection}{\alph{subsection}} and I tried this to make it ...
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Error: Counter too large! with \alph{cntr} and cntr>26

I would like to have \alph{counter} for values larger than 26. The following MnWE gives me the error ! LaTeX Error: Counter too large. \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \begin{enumerate} \def\...
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Start theorem counter from specific number

I have defined a new theorem and I would like it to start from a specific number(let's say 3). At first I thought of using \addtocounter{\theexe}{3}(where exe is the new theorem) but I get an error ...
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Check if counter exists

I've written a package that introduces a new environment: \newfloat{foo}{htb}{bar}[chapter] The package however can be used for articles, books, ... Since not all of these environments have the ...
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What is the proper method of accessing a counter?

It seems that there are different ways of accessing counters. I have been using \theMyCount as in this post about Using counters or macros, but noticed that the arrayjobx package uses \the\value{...
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How to reset chapter and section counter with \part

To get the output Toc or pdf bookmark below: Part I Chapter I Chapter II Part II Chapter I Chapter II I need to reset the chapter counter. I google and get one method. \makeatletter ...
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Check if an entry is cited multiple times

I am trying to find out whether it is currently possible to have a test in Biblatex that tests at the very first time an entry is cited whether the same entry will be cited more than once in the ...
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Chart showing the relative number of pages in the document

I'm playing with the idea of adding a chart in the begining of my thesis, showing the relative dimension of each chapter (or section, maybe). This is something that I would want to generate ...
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Should LaTeX counters always be modified globally?

In this answer, egreg states that "LaTeX counters should always be modified globally". However, the etoolbox package provides the \defcounter macro which will assign a value to a previously ...
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\setcounter{tocdepth}

Using \setcounter{tocdepth}{0} displays just the chapter's title in the table of contents. In the last chapter, there's a subsection. I want to use \setcounter{tocdepth}{0}! Therefore no subsection ...
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Dos and Don'ts of \countdef\mycount=<number> and \newcount vs \newcounter{} in LaTeX

Let's clarify that countdef\mycount=<number> is a bad idea in LaTeX, then clarify appropriate usage of \newcount\mycount vs \newcounter{mycount} in LaTeX. Background: I only started with TeX ...
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How to make figure and listing share their counter

I'm using the "listings" package to write pieces of code (XML, RDF, Java, etc) and I want them to have the same counter of the Figure environment. For example, Listing 1: blablabla Listing 2: ...
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How retrieve items in a list of words by number?

I'm working on a character sheet for the Fate RPG, which rates its skills with a numerical scale that corresponds to an adjective scale. I've been trying to write a macro that will take \skillAdj{4} ...
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Automatically numbering constants

I would like to somehow use LaTeX to automatically number constants. Some background As a mathematician, in my daily work there are a lot of throw-away constants which are not extremely important ...
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Displaying a later value of a counter

I have a counter which is used throughout my document. At the beginning of each chapter (right after the \chapter command), I want to print the value of the counter which is reached immediately before ...
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Making calculations using counter

I need to use the counter to make some computations inside loops. For instance, I want to write a for loop to get the following:            &...
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What is the maximum integer that can be saved in a LaTeX counter?

I am using counters to save positive integers, something like that: \setcounter{mycoutervalue}{59} Is there any limit in the value I can save in a counter, in this case mycountervalue? And what is ...
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Extracting the “parent” counter of a sectional unit

I am interested in finding the "parent" counter of a specific sectional unit. For example, in the following document structure 1. A section 1.1 A subsection 1.1.1 A subsubsection 1.1.2 A ...
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square root of number in counter

I would like to get the square root of a number which I have stored into a counter. I have been using the calc package for summation and multiplication operations, but I cannot find anything like \...
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How to save variables

I need to change 'hyphenpenalty' in some parts of my document, but I have no idea how to properly restore a previous value after that. For example: \hyphenpenalty=10000% \@starttoc{toc}% \...
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Count number of references using biblatex

I am creating an annotated bibliography. Is there a way of obtaining a count of the number of references in a bibliography meeting certain criteria and inserting that into a document? For example ...
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Accessing the current overlay number in beamer

For some beamer related code in one of my packages I need to access the current overlay number. I mean the internal number used for things like \only<1>{..}. \only<1>{ Some internal ...
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Greatest hits? Can I find the most \ref'd part of my document?

I now have a 200 page document and have used \ref and \label very frequently. I was wondering if it is possible to use LaTeX to create a table at the start of the document with the "top ten" most ...
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How to erase/delete a counter

I was wondering how does TeX manage counters. In particular, assuming I define a new counter in TeX by \newcount\mycounter and at some point I don't need it anymore, can I delete it and free the ...
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Test if the value of a counter belongs to a given list of values

This must be a LateX 101 question, so I ask for your kindness I want to make a choice based on the value of a theorem counter. I use the xifthen package (especially the \isin function, which tests ...
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How to store a counter value at some point in the document?

I'm beginning to learn LaTeX and I need some help with counters. My goal is to store the value a certain counter reaches at some point in the document and use it later. This is my attempt: \...
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How to reset section counter

This is the barebones of my document: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \begin{document} \begin{center} \textbf{\LARGE{Topic I}} \end{center} \section{Section I} content \section{Section II} ...
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Change footnote “numbering” temporarily

I would like to change my footnote "numbering" style temporally to letters (a,b,c ...) the default numbering beeing numbers (1,2,3 ...). This is needed only for specific paragraph, so I can't use the ...
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print word count

The journal I am submitting to requires a count of the words on the title page. I can of course run texcount on the .tex document and put the number in, but it seems that I should be able to automate ...
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How can I calculate the difference of 2 counters (pageref)?

How can I calculate the difference between 2 counters (like page numbers), so that pdfLateX outputs "3" in the last line of my example? and how could I calculate the difference between the "current" ...
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Using counters or macros

Should I use counters or macros to store numerical data? Is there a limitation on a number of counters that can be used at the same time or other considerations? I would also like to perform simple ...
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Computing a value inside \setcounter

I am using an enumerate list. I often want to decrement the counter of a list, to get output like this: 1. Some text here 2. Some more text here 2. This is a re-use of the number 3. The counter ...
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A problem with counters

While trying to answer a question I came upon a problem with counters and I need some help. The idea is to collect answers to some numbered exercises, so the collected answers can be all typeset at ...
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Dividing dimensions to get a count

Is there a way to divide two dimens and get a count? For example, if I have a box that doesn't fit on a single page, and I want to know the number of pages I'd need for the box (i.e., \heightofbox / \...
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How to set a counter to double the value of another counter?

The title says it. Lets have to counters: \newcounter{myCount} \newcounter{anotherCount} I set myCount to some value for example 10 \setcounter{myCount}{10} How do I set counter anotherCount to ...
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How to set a marker/counter/label to an arbitrary piece of text?

Is it possible to attach a marker to just a place in text, not to section, sub-section, etc.? This is what I'm trying to achieve: \begin{document} Alex (see~\ref{alex}) is a boy, Jessica (see~\ref{...
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How to determine which register a count uses

Suppose there is \newcount\c@mycountera \newcount\c@mycounterb \newcount\c@mycounterc Each \newcount uses \alloc@ and that has \wlog{\string#5=\string#2\the\allocationnumber}. Thus to determine ...