# Can't Left Align Date with newlfm.cls [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate:
Tex Cover Letter Doesn’t Display “Sincerely, My Name”

Here is what my current output looks like:

I can't get the date on top to align with the text, that date is circled in red in the image above.

Here is my source code for the .tex:

 \documentclass[11pt,stdletter,sigleft]{newlfm}
\usepackage{charter}

\widowpenalty=1000
\clubpenalty=1000

\newsavebox{\Luiuc}
\sbox{\Luiuc}{%
\parbox[b]{1.75in}{%
\vspace{0.5in}%
\includegraphics[scale=1.0,ext=.eps]
{figures/UILogoLG3L}%
}%
}%

\newlfmP{sigsize=50pt}
\newlfmP{dateskipafter=33pt}
\PhrPhone{Phone}
\PhrEmail{Email}

\lthUiuc

\namefrom{Matthew J.\ Miller}
\today\\
]
Predrag Puno\v{s}evac\\
Science Laboratory\\
Some University\\
Urbana, IL 61801
}
\phonefrom{217-244-6024}
\emailfrom{mjmille2@uiuc.edu}

Faculty Search Committee\\
Department of Computer Science\\
Clemson University\\
Clemson, SC 29634-0974}

\greetto{To Whom It May Concern,}
\closeline{Sincerely,}
\begin{document}
\begin{newlfm}

I am writing to apply for the position of assistant
professor in Clemson University's Computer Science Department.  I plan to receive my
Ph.D.\ degree from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign in Summer of 2006.  My adviser is
Prof.\ Nitin H.\ Vaidya, and my general areas of interest
include wireless and sensor network performance and security.
Having many friends and family in the area, I would be

In my graduate work, I focus on the design of
energy-efficient protocols and secure key distribution.
More specifically, I have explored various techniques at
multiple layers of the network stack to effectively reduce
the energy consumption of wireless communication.  In security,
my work was the first to propose leveraging channel diversity
for sensor network key distribution.  My research appears in
the \textit{IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing} journal as
well as \textit{Infocom 2006} and \textit{ICDCS 2005},
prestigious conferences in the areas of networking and distributed
systems, respectively.

Enclosed is my curriculum vitae (including a list of
statement, and a teaching statement.  All of my publications and
presentations are available at:

http://www.crhc.uiuc.edu/$\sim$mjmille2/publications/

Please let me know if there are any other materials
or information that will assist you in processing my application.

Thank you for your consideration.  I look forward to
hearing from you.

\end{newlfm}
\end{document}


I think it has something to do with this part or newlfm.cls:

 \DeclareOption{dateright}{\setboolean{@dt@l}{false}\setboolean{@dt@c}{false}}%
\define@key{ov}{dateright}[true]{\iffixq{#1}{\setboolean{@dt@l}{false}\setboolean{@dt@c}     {false}}}%
\def\dateright#1{\iffixq{#1}{\setboolean{@dt@l}{false}\setboolean{@dt@c}{false}}}%
\DeclareOption{dateleft}{\setboolean{@dt@l}{true}\setboolean{@dt@c}{false}}%
\define@key{ov}{dateleft}[true]{\iffixq{#1}{\setboolean{@dt@l}{true}\setboolean{@dt@c}     {false}}}%
\def\dateleft#1{\iffixq{#1}{\setboolean{@dt@l}{true}\setboolean{@dt@c}{false}}}%
\DeclareOption{datecenter}{\setboolean{@dt@l}{false}\setboolean{@dt@c}{true}}%
\define@key{ov}{datecenter}[true]{\iffixq{#1}{\setboolean{@dt@l}{false}\setboolean{@dt@c}     {true}}}%
\def\datecenter#1{\iffixq{#1}{\setboolean{@dt@l}{false}\setboolean{@dt@c}{true}}}%

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## marked as duplicate by hpesoj626, percusse, Kurt, Guido, Joseph Wright♦Jan 5 '13 at 7:37

As mentioned in Tex Cover Letter Doesn't Display “Sincerely, My Name”, remove the original typeset date using \dateset{} and set it as part of the \addrfrom (like you're already doing). Though it should read \today \\[<len>] where you specify <len>... not like in your current post. As is stand, this is a duplicate of the linked post. –  Werner Jan 4 '13 at 7:16
This worked, but I wanted to ask if there is any way that this can be done without using the /dataset{}. So, actually using the regular date thats is compiled from the newlfm.cls. Is there a way? –  piratepartypumpkin Jan 4 '13 at 7:26

## Explanation

1. Put \newlfmP{dateleft} in your preamble.
2. There was a scoping error with the commands \addfrom{} and \dateset{} in your code. I have separated them accordingly.
3. Moreover, in item (2), you tried to close { with ]. I have fixed that.
4. I put all letter options to only one \newlfmP to make the preamble more readable.
5. I commented some parts of your original code so that it will compile in my machine. You can uncomment them later.

## Code

\documentclass[11pt,stdletter,sigleft,]{newlfm}
\usepackage{charter}

\widowpenalty=1000
\clubpenalty=1000

% \newsavebox{\Luiuc}
% \sbox{\Luiuc}{%
%    \parbox[b]{1.75in}{%
%        \vspace{0.5in}%
%        \includegraphics[scale=1.0,ext=.eps]
%        {figures/UILogoLG3L}%
%    }%
% }%
%
\newlfmP{%
dateleft,
sigsize=50pt,
dateskipafter=33pt,
}
\PhrPhone{Phone}
\PhrEmail{Email}

% \lthUiuc
%% There was a scoping error with the commands \addfrom{} and \dateset{} in your code.
\namefrom{Matthew J.\ Miller}
Predrag Puno\v{s}evac\\
Science Laboratory\\
Some University\\
Urbana, IL 61801
}%
\dateset{\today }
\phonefrom{217-244-6024}
\emailfrom{mjmille2@uiuc.edu}

Faculty Search Committee\\
Department of Computer Science\\
Clemson University\\
Clemson, SC 29634-0974}

\greetto{To Whom It May Concern,}
\closeline{Sincerely,}
\begin{document}
\begin{newlfm}

I am writing to apply for the position of assistant
professor in Clemson University's Computer Science Department.  I plan to receive my
Ph.D.\ degree from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign in Summer of 2006.  My adviser is
Prof.\ Nitin H.\ Vaidya, and my general areas of interest
include wireless and sensor network performance and security.
Having many friends and family in the area, I would be

In my graduate work, I focus on the design of
energy-efficient protocols and secure key distribution.
More specifically, I have explored various techniques at
multiple layers of the network stack to effectively reduce
the energy consumption of wireless communication.  In security,
my work was the first to propose leveraging channel diversity
for sensor network key distribution.  My research appears in
the \textit{IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing} journal as
well as \textit{Infocom 2006} and \textit{ICDCS 2005},
prestigious conferences in the areas of networking and distributed
systems, respectively.

Enclosed is my curriculum vitae (including a list of
statement, and a teaching statement.  All of my publications and
presentations are available at:

http://www.crhc.uiuc.edu/$\sim$mjmille2/publications/

Please let me know if there are any other materials
or information that will assist you in processing my application.

Thank you for your consideration.  I look forward to
hearing from you.

\end{newlfm}
\end{document}


## Edit

It wasn't so clear from your post what you wanted. But why would you want to do that? \dateset was there for a reason and you can control where it is positioned by the options dateleft, datecenter and dateright. As mentioned by Werner, you can write this to your preamble instead.

 \dateset{}
\namefrom{Matthew J.\ Miller}
\today\\[12pt]
Predrag Puno\v{s}evac\\
Science Laboratory\\
Some University\\
Urbana, IL 61801
}%


You can replace 12pt by any length you prefer.

My suggestion is you either do these suggestions here or apply Werner's suggestion in Tex Cover Letter Doesn't Display “Sincerely, My Name”.

Also, I see that you have given headermarginskip a negative value. Doing that makes your next pages start above your top margin rule. Here is a code that seems to work. Tweak to your liking.

\documentclass[11pt,stdletter,sigleft,]{newlfm}
\usepackage{charter}

\widowpenalty=1000
\clubpenalty=1000

% \newsavebox{\Luiuc}
% \sbox{\Luiuc}{%
%    \parbox[b]{1.75in}{%
%        \vspace{0.5in}%
%        \includegraphics[scale=1.0,ext=.eps]
%        {figures/UILogoLG3L}%
%    }%
% }%
%

\newlfmP{ %
dateleft,
sigright,
topmarginskip=0pt,
sigsize=0pt,
dateskipbefore=0pt,
dateskipafter=24pt,
closeskipbefore=10pt,
sigskipbefore=0pt,
footermarginsize=0.5in,
}
\PhrPhone{Phone}
\PhrEmail{Email}

% \lthUiuc
\dateset{}
\namefrom{Matthew J.\ Miller}
\today\\[12pt]
Predrag Puno\v{s}evac\\
Science Laboratory\\
Some University\\
Urbana, IL 61801
}%
\phonefrom{217-244-6024}
\emailfrom{mjmille2@uiuc.edu}

Faculty Search Committee\\
Department of Computer Science\\
Clemson University\\
Clemson, SC 29634-0974}

\greetto{To Whom It May Concern,}
\closeline{Sincerely,}
\begin{document}
\begin{newlfm}

I am writing to apply for the position of assistant
professor in Clemson University's Computer Science Department.  I plan to receive my
Ph.D.\ degree from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign in Summer of 2006.  My adviser is
Prof.\ Nitin H.\ Vaidya, and my general areas of interest
include wireless and sensor network performance and security.
Having many friends and family in the area, I would be

In my graduate work, I focus on the design of
energy-efficient protocols and secure key distribution.
More specifically, I have explored various techniques at
multiple layers of the network stack to effectively reduce
the energy consumption of wireless communication.  In security,
my work was the first to propose leveraging channel diversity
for sensor network key distribution.  My research appears in
the \textit{IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing} journal as
well as \textit{Infocom 2006} and \textit{ICDCS 2005},
prestigious conferences in the areas of networking and distributed
systems, respectively.

Enclosed is my curriculum vitae (including a list of
statement, and a teaching statement.  All of my publications and
presentations are available at:

http://www.crhc.uiuc.edu/$\sim$mjmille2/publications/

Please let me know if there are any other materials
or information that will assist you in processing my application.

Thank you for your consideration.  I look forward to
hearing from you.
\end{newlfm}
\end{document}

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Great Reply! Thanks. Is there any way to align the date that is circled with the address. Like the date under the circled date. Basically, the top date is the newlfm date, the bottom date is just another date I created using \today\\ –  piratepartypumpkin Jan 4 '13 at 16:55
See my edit. As it stands, it looks like this question is a duplicate since it covers the same issues in Tex Cover Letter Doesn't Display “Sincerely, My Name”. Perhaps you can edit your title there to reflect your problem well :) –  hpesoj626 Jan 5 '13 at 1:40