I recently re-installed MiKTeX and had to re-install moderncv as well, which I did through the Package Manager. I am working on a cover letter file I started before I reinstalled both, and it compiles, but without any of the moderncv formatting (header, personal info, font, paragraph spacing). I don't get any error messages. It just looks like I typed it straight into the editor with no markup. I have no idea what the problem is (and yes, in case you're wondering, I'm still a bit wobbly with LaTeX).







\recipient{}{Company\\Address\\City, Town, Postcode} % Letter recipient
\date{\today} % Letter date
\opening{Dear Hiring Manager,} % Opening greeting
\closing{Sincerely yours,} % Closing phrase

\makelettertitle % Print letter title

Insert text here

\makeletterclosing % Print letter signature


I'm linking my logfile and a anonymized copy of my tex file (see above) as google docs because the logfile alone is too long to paste in, and I've no idea where it's gone wrong.

EDIT: I've just tried compiling the CV file and it works perfectly. I think it must be something to do with \makelettertitle because when I un-comment it out, I get the following error:

LaTeX Error: There's no line here to end.
l.74 \makelettertitle

A different tex file with the same cover letter format as this one with \makelettertitle un-commented also works perfectly. What am I missing?!

  • please, put your .tex and .log files into your questions. It is very inconvenient to collect files from web and also can happen that after while links will not be available anymore. Welcome to TeX.SE!
    – Zarko
    Apr 14, 2017 at 4:42
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    \recipient{}{Company\\Address\\City, Town, Postcode} should be \recipient{Wombat}{Company\\Address\\City, Town, Postcode}. But as Zarko already said, posting a minimal working example right in this question is the best way to post a question.
    – Johannes_B
    Apr 14, 2017 at 5:20

1 Answer 1


The first argument of the recipient must not be empty.
\recipient{}{Company\\Address\\City, Town, Postcode} should be
\recipient{Wombat}{Company\\Address\\City, Town, Postcode}.

Wombat will be printed in bold face.

It is also possible to use
\recipient{\normalfont\itshape Wombat}{Company\\Address} to make it look like the other lines.

  • It looks like you've got two separate accounts, which means you cannot edit your original post or leave comments. The Stack Exchange staff can merge them together for you.
    – Johannes_B
    Apr 14, 2017 at 13:34

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