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# [Notes] Formatting cross-reference figures in Word

Last updated Dec 16, 2019

When working with cross-references, you might need different formats. I was looking for only number, what that means is that I wanted the text to be something like “… is shown in Fig. 1 …” but Word’s MacOS cross-reference has some limitations in its UI, it doesn’t have a “only number” option under “Insert reference to:”, so I went online looking for a solution and to my surprise, Word has a very handy key combination “Alt + F9”

### # Alt + F9

Toggle all fields in the document

## # The fix

Once you see the field text, you can add \# 0 to the field:

 1  { REF _Ref121212121 \# 0} 

This will display only numbers instead of label AND number

Also, add \* Charformat so stays in the same format as the text surrounding it.

## # Before

 1  "... is shown in Fig. FIGURE 1 ..." 

## # After

 1  "... is shown in Fig. 1 ..."