Below is the LaTeX code for which I am getting the LaTeX error "missing \begin {document}. How can I resolve this error?

\documentclass[a4paper]{MY CV}


And this is the error:


2 Answers 2


Do not create your own class file with spaces in them. That is, instead of MY CV.cls, create MYCV.cls and use

  • I haven't created any class file. That's why I'm getting another error .cls not found. Commented Sep 1, 2016 at 11:33
  • @MehulBhatt: You don't have to create a class file for every document you want to create. There are a number of default classes available (article, book and report, for example) and some people have written classes for specific purposes. If you're interested in creating a CV, consider using something like moderncv. Perhaps you can start with an online template first. Also of interest would be reading Classes and packages – what's the difference?
    – Werner
    Commented Sep 1, 2016 at 15:23
\documentclass[a4paper]{MY CV}

This is not ment to specify your file "MY CV". Instead it should contain something like:


to specify, what type of document you are writing.

Have closer look at some tutorials/instructions :)

Edit: You can actually specify a class like "MY CV" (or "MYCV"), but this does not seem to be the issue...

Edit2: As mentioned by Werner, the "MY CV"-part IS the issue. Changing it to "MYCV" will solve this, if a "MYCV.cls" exists.

  • What does \documentclass{article article} \begin{document} test \end{document} yield when you compile it?
    – Werner
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 20:38
  • I get the same error-message, as shown in the question above. But I have not tried to write a class file, with a name separated by spaces.
    – dudakl
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 21:08
  • So why would you say "this does not seem to be the issue..." if a space introduced in the name of a document class replicates the error (even if the class does not exist)?
    – Werner
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 21:09
  • The class name "MY CV" looked somewhat like a beginners try on a first latex-document, so i assumed, he needed a more general help. Maybe I should not read that much between the lines, but I still have to learn many things on forums, as I am very new too.
    – dudakl
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 21:13
  • Thank you both. Yes this was my first attempt at LaTeX and as a matter of fact I didnt know that I also have to create a class file Commented Sep 1, 2016 at 11:32

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