When you write a letter in LaTeX, you can add your address with the \address block, while you have the possibility of adding the recipient address after the \begin{letter} statement as an extra argument. However, in such case, your address will always come above the recipient address.

Is there a way to tell LaTeX that I want my address to begin in the same line as the recipient's address? Or, more generally, is there a way to control the distances of these fields from the top of the page in a more flexible way?

Bonus question: is there a way to tell LaTeX that I don't want to have an extra blank line between my address and the date of the letter? (Or, again, more generally: to fine-tune the distance between the sender's address and the date field?)

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    Which document class are you using? The scrlttr2 class (from the KOMA-script package) is quite flexible with lots of settings. – Paŭlo Ebermann Nov 1 '11 at 1:00
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  • Hi, I had a look to the scrlttr2 class, but it seems too complicated to be used as a simple work-around if one doesn't know the KOMA-scripts. I need something that would work quite simple, as I need to send this letter as soon as I can. It would be nice to learn about this 'KOMA-script package', but maybe at some time when I have the time to read the documentation... Oh, and yes, I tried the simple way of replacing the letter class with scrltt2, but of course it didn't compile, so probably one really needs to know the docs before using that class... – Siska Ádám Nov 1 '11 at 11:48
  • It is always best to compose a MWE that illustrates the problem including the \documentclass so that those trying to help don't have to recreate it. – Peter Grill Nov 1 '11 at 18:05

You can do this be redefining the \opening command to produce:

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I also removed the blank line before that date. If you want to adjust this space before the date replace the value in \fromaddress\\[0.0em]:

\usepackage{lipsum}% for dummy text

  \else% home address
    \toname \\
    \fromaddress\\[0.0em]% replace 0.0em with space desired before date

\address{123 Main Street \\ Anytown \\ USA 90210}

\begin{letter}{Siska Adam \\ 123 Some Street \\ TeXLand \\ IP3 5RT}

\opening{Dear Sir or Madam:}


Alternatively, since you were under a deadline, you could just have manually done this:


Siska Adam        & Mr. T\\
123 Some Street   & 123 Main Street\\
TeXLand           & Anytown, USA 90210\\
IP3 5RT           & \today

Dear Sir or Madam:


See How can I insert address blocks on the left and right side of the page? for other options on how to do this manually.

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  • I'm out of votes for today -- you'll have my upvote tomorrow. :-) – lockstep Nov 1 '11 at 20:22
  • Thank you. This will help until I get my time to learn KOMA. And +1 point for letting me know about the lipsum package, which is FUN. :-) – Siska Ádám Nov 2 '11 at 7:11

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