I would like to ask how to use the cvdoubleitem in moderncv in (recent version) of LyX. I use the cvdoubleitem for listing my computer skills exactly as displayed in this example.

I created a minimal LyX example:

 #LyX 2.1 created this file. For more info see http://www.lyx.org/
\lyxformat 474
\textclass moderncv
% adjust the page margins

% possible themes are "classic" and "casual"
% optional argument are 'blue' (default), 'orange', 'red', 'green', 'grey' and 'roman' (for roman fonts, instead of sans serif fonts)

% required
% required
\use_default_options true
\maintain_unincluded_children false
\language english
\language_package default
\inputencoding auto
\fontencoding global
\font_roman default
\font_sans default
\font_typewriter default
\font_math auto
\font_default_family default
\use_non_tex_fonts false
\font_sc false
\font_osf false
\font_sf_scale 100
\font_tt_scale 100
\graphics default
\default_output_format default
\output_sync 0
\bibtex_command default
\index_command default
\paperfontsize default
\spacing single
\use_hyperref false
\papersize default
\use_geometry false
\use_package amsmath 1
\use_package amssymb 1
\use_package cancel 1
\use_package esint 1
\use_package mathdots 1
\use_package mathtools 1
\use_package mhchem 1
\use_package stackrel 1
\use_package stmaryrd 1
\use_package undertilde 1
\cite_engine basic
\cite_engine_type default
\biblio_style plain
\use_bibtopic false
\use_indices false
\paperorientation portrait
\suppress_date false
\justification true
\use_refstyle 1
\index Index
\shortcut idx
\color #008000
\secnumdepth 2
\tocdepth 2
\paragraph_separation indent
\paragraph_indentation default
\quotes_language english
\papercolumns 1
\papersides 1
\paperpagestyle default
\tracking_changes false
\output_changes false
\html_math_output 0
\html_css_as_file 0
\html_be_strict false


\begin_layout Standard
\begin_inset ERT
status open

\begin_layout Plain Layout




\begin_layout Section

\begin_layout DoubleItem
Category1 item Category2 item


I can see, that instead of:


Lyx creates following LaTeX code:

\cvdoubleitem{}{}{}{Category1 item Category2 item}

This was already discussed in Latex Community forum, sadly I do not understand the solution mentioned in the end of the discussion. Could someone give me a better explanation ? Of course I could insert the right LaTeX command for cvdoubleitem in LyX, but than I could give up on using LyX at all.

  • double entry of what? How can I reproduce the problem starting from File > Open > Examples > modernCV ? I do not see any duplicates when compiling that.
    – scottkosty
    Feb 29, 2016 at 17:11
  • I appologize, I ment \cvdoubleitem I corrected my question
    – karlitos
    Mar 1, 2016 at 19:39
  • Please write a complete question. It is good to reference outside links for background, but at SE we like to have questions self-contained. Please also give a minimal example .lyx file so we can reproduce the problem and thus try to help you.
    – scottkosty
    Mar 2, 2016 at 2:57
  • I edited my original question, added minimal LyX example and explained the difference in the Latex output.
    – karlitos
    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:30
  • thanks for the example, I think I understand what is going on now and will make an answer.
    – scottkosty
    Mar 5, 2016 at 17:10

1 Answer 1


Put the cursor in the double item paragraph and go to Insert > Left Summary, or Insert > Left Text, or Insert > Right Summary. When you insert text in those boxes they will fill in the other LaTeX arguments.

  • Thank you very much. Left summary, left Text, right summary and than a plain text creates the right LaTeX Syntax. Is this sort of workaround or a propper way to create the cvdoubleitem ?
    – karlitos
    Mar 5, 2016 at 18:28
  • This is the correct way. This is how LyX inserts LaTeX arguments. Note that if you are in a different paragraph environment, there will be different argument options listed under Insert.
    – scottkosty
    Mar 5, 2016 at 18:47

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