I am pretty new to latex and currently in the need of writing an CV, so after some googling I found the friggeri CV template (https://github.com/afriggeri/cv), which looked very promising. Unfortunately, I would like it to be a bit more conservative. In other words, I would like to remove the left sidebar, which is easily achieved, and then reduce the indentation of the remaining sections, which I couldn't manage to do yet (Tried some dirty/ugly stuff like addmargin...).

So, in short: How do I reduce the indentation when I remove the side block of the friggeri CV template?

Thank you in advance :)

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    For the sake of the community, would you be able to supply us with a minimal working example (MWE) that we can play with? – Werner Aug 25 '14 at 22:48
  • Perhaps the easier route, since you aren't that familiar with LaTeX, is to find a template you prefer. There are a number of options here: writelatex.com/gallery/tagged/cv – snim2 Aug 25 '14 at 23:33

There are three places you have to change dimensions to reduce the left margin

  1. in the geometry layout, specify the left margin
  2. in the \entry command increase the width of the main text
  3. in the side panel reduce the width and move it left

Here is an example doing this making the left margin rather too narrow:

Sample output

\patchcmd{\aside}{{3.6}(1.5, 4.33)}{{1.6}(0.6, 4.33)}{}{}

       {latex learner}

% In the aside, each new line forces a line break
    16, A Road
    bilingual english/american


CVs, \LaTeX


    {B.A. {\normalfont some subject}}
    {University of Somewhere}
    {No thesis}


    {01–03 2009}
    {Research Internship.}
    {\emph{Some title.}}
    {07–08 2004}
    {Summer job.}

  1. is acheived by issuing \geometry{left=3cm} from the geometry package. This determines the standard text area on the page. Originally the value of left is 6.1cm in this class.
  2. is done by patching the command \entry increasing the length available by 3cm from 11.8cm to 14.8cm.
  3. is done by patching the aside environment, or rather its beginning command \aside, change the position of the textblock from the textpos package

The patching command comes from the etoolbox package that happens to be loaded already.

You can find documentation for standard packages geometry, textpos, etoolbox etc. either by typing texdoc on you system or searching on CTAN.

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  • Thanks for all your efforts, this is perfect :) But since I don't want to use the side block at all, I just had to apply your first two adjustments. – maves Aug 26 '14 at 18:54
  • Dear @AndrewSwann, thanks for your reply. I tried your solution and in particular number 2, but it doesn't not work. I mean that I added the command: \patchcmd{\entry}{11.8cm}{14.8cm}{}{} but it doesn't change anything. Any help? Thank you, R. – Dawson Nov 9 '16 at 12:12
  • @user51937 The above was for the version of friggeri-cv.cls from the github page as in the question. Unfortunately that seems to be have been taken down now. If you need this for a different version of the class, then you should ask a new question. – Andrew Swann Nov 9 '16 at 12:56
  • Dear @AndrewSwann, thanks for your reply. I'm talking about the friggeri-cv.cls as mentioned above. I have that version, I downloaded some years ago. – Dawson Nov 9 '16 at 16:53
  • @user51937 I no longer have copy of that file. If you send it to me via email, you can find the address on my homepage linked to from my profile here, then I will have a look at it. – Andrew Swann Nov 10 '16 at 7:58

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