[OS X TeX] autocomplete for references

Herbert Schulz via MacOSX-TeX macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu
Tue Jan 23 22:06:51 CET 2024

> On Jan 23, 2024, at 1:27 PM, Nicolae Garleanu <nbgarleanu at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I recollect that there was such a feature — type "\ref{", or maybe even "\cite{", and a list appears. As you type characters, the choices are narrowed down appropriately. I am aware of the “Insert reference” macro, that’s not quite it. Is there a source to consult on the topic? 
> Thank you.
> Nicolae


I believe you're talking about a feature that comes from an Editor/FrontEnd not LaTeX itself. What Editor/FrontEnd are you talking about?

If you are talking about TeXShop there is a button on the Source Window called Labels. Clicking on the button shows all the defined labels in your source file (only that file, not included/input files). If you don't hve that button on that toolbar you can customize the toolbar and add it: Ctl-Click (or Right-Click) on the toolbar and choose to customize the toolbar.

There is also a feature that helps with citations in a bib file opened in BibDesk. type \cite{ and the first few characters of the citation label and press F5 and BibDesk generates and TeXShop displays a list of matching citation labels that match in the bib files open in BibDesk. You select the one you want, press Return and continue.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
herbs2 at mac.com

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