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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.
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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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Pablo San-Jose
September 9, 2021
Simple and effective. Cannot reorder list items without loosing links, however... Otherwise quite nice to organize references and citations without the hassle and bloat of other solutions
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A User of Smart References
September 29, 2019
did not find any headings or captions to reference. useless unfortunately :(
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Divinity Arnett
November 9, 2020
this thing is so much garbage`
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Alexander Valencia
March 2, 2021
Good app. Does what declare. Google should integrate this into default functionality as this is present in Office Word.
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William Stefan Hartono
August 27, 2021
A little bit lagging to update the references.
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David Rappoport
October 12, 2020
Very useful and simple to use.
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Steven Fine
November 8, 2020
great
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A User of Smart References
May 29, 2020
Good to have it!
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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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Charles Bibas
September 26, 2021
Saved me a lot of time referencing citations.
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