It seems that the cventry in moderncv class is limited to 89 char per line. Is it possible to change it?

Here is the code I've used, in LyX. I'm afraid I don't know what the version of the moderncv is.

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2 Answers 2


The total width of \cventry depends on the width of your page. You can change that one by using the geometry package:


Assuming you are using the "classic" style variant, if you want to change the width of the left column, you should use (for a width of 5cm as an example):

  • looks like it just padded more or less space in the entry but the column width didn't change.
    – Dean
    May 15, 2013 at 15:41
  • Please post a minimal working example (MWE) to illustrate the issue, as it is hard to help you otherwise. Please also indicate which version of moderncv you are using.
    – Xavier
    May 15, 2013 at 15:44
  • Yes, I've edited my post - thank you in advance.
    – Dean
    May 15, 2013 at 16:01
  • @Dean The "M" of MWE stands for "Minimal". Please try to make your code as short as possible (check the link of my previous comment to understand why we require it here and how it benefits you too). Please also clarify what the issue is; my answer above enables you both to enlarge the total width of the page (and hence of \cventry) and to specifically change the width of the left column. I don't understand what you tried and what you mean when you say "it just padded more or less space"...
    – Xavier
    May 16, 2013 at 0:45
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    NB: This has to be done after the \moderncvstyle command.
    – srs
    Mar 1, 2019 at 0:02

If I understand you correct, try to play around with \setlength{\hintscolumnwidth}{} a little. It's changing the width of the left 'column' and therefor also effecting the right one.

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    This seems to be a subset of Xavier's answer and less precise. New answers should provide alternative approaches. Good answers should also contain complete working code, rather than code snippets. Jan 30, 2014 at 19:43

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