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Overview
Smart References is a cross referencing feature for Google Docs. A Smart Reference contains a reference to a heading or numbered list item elsewhere in the document. When the document is changed, such as by updating a header or list item number, all the Smart References in the document can be synchronized at once so they display the new header text and list numbers.
Smart References is a cross referencing feature for Google Docs, which can be installed from the Add-ons menu inside the Docs app. A Smart Reference is a text element that contains a reference to a heading or numbered list item elsewhere in the document. When the document is changed, such as by updating a header or list item number, all the Smart References in the document can be synchronized at once so they display the new header text and list numbers.

Use Smart References instead of regular text to reduce hassle and potential for mistakes when maintaining documents that are structured as numbered lists or that make frequent reference to previous sections. Good examples might be the clauses in a contract or a lengthy dissertation.
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A User of Smart References
May 29, 2020
Good to have it!
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A User of Smart References
May 28, 2020
It is very useful and perfect
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A User of Smart References
April 27, 2020
Very useful! Allows me to do contracts on Google Docs. when required by clients.
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Aaron Camacho
April 22, 2020
It is (almost) exactly what I needed! It does create cross-references that dynamically adjust when the referenced part of an ordered list is adjusted. An enhancement would be if I am using this type of layout: 1. This a. That i. something ii. other and I want to "insert reference" to "1.a.ii.", then if I select that section it only inserts "ii." and not "1.a.ii." as would be the expected outcome. As a workaround, I had to adjust my numbered list style to: 1. This 1.1 That 1.1.1 something 1.1.2 other Which is definitely not as user friendly as "1.a.ii." Thank you for making such a great tool otherwise!
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Richard Woods
April 27, 2020
Thanks for the feedback Aaron - we'll look at adding fully qualified labels in a future release.
Tom Kerswill
March 6, 2020
This is really excellent - does what it says on the tin. I found the YouTube run-through really good. It seemed to handle everything pretty well. I'd probably like a way to give references custom text, but I think actually if you insert the reference and then edit it, that seems to work. What would be quite nice is if you could select text and insert the reference there, and have it use that text. I got good results by using Google Docs' ability to edit list items to specify a prefix - so I was able to enter "Schedule x" etc. and have it automatically number each schedule.
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A User of Smart References
January 20, 2020
While this add-on is reasonably intuitive to use and would therefore be a great tool, clicking on links doesn't appear to transfer you to the linked item. The cursor just freezes and nothing happens. Clicking anywhere else returns the cursor to normal, but by and large, the addon remains broken. Shame, I would've been able to make great use of it.
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Richard Woods
January 21, 2020
Hi there User. The links in the document are not intended to be click-to-navigate aids as most hyperlinks are. It would be great if they could do that as well as being smart references, but unfortunatly Google Docs isn't flexible enough to allow that at the present time. Were you able to use the "Update References" action successfully? This is the feature that the links facilitate.
A User of Smart References
September 29, 2019
did not find any headings or captions to reference. useless unfortunately :(
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Richard Woods
November 1, 2019
We're sorry you had trouble using Smart References! When we saw your feedback we went looking for what might have gone wrong and as a result have made improvements to how the add on works. We've also set up an explanation message in the sidebar for when a document really has no headings or list items, and have added a new feature to highlight references that have been broken after the target is deleted. We hope these changes can convince you to to give it another shot?
A user of Smart References
October 28, 2019
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