# Cover letter moderncv opening and closing spacing

I am writing a cover letter using moderncv. Everything works fine so far, but since I am not using any \opening{}, I am having a large empty vertical spacing and I don't know how to get rid of it.

\documentclass[11pt,a4paper,sans,french]{moderncv}
\usepackage{ragged2e}
% moderncv themes
\moderncvstyle{classic}
\moderncvcolor{green}

\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[scale=0.75]{geometry}

\name{XXX}{XXX}
\title{}
\address{XXXX}{XXX}% optional, remove / comment the line if not wanted; the "postcode city" and and "country" arguments can be omitted or provided empty
\phone[mobile]{+XXX}
\email{XXX}

\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[english]{babel}

\renewcommand{\baselinestretch}{1.25}

\begin{document}
% recipient data
\recipient{XXX}{XXX}
\opening{}
\closing{Sincerely,}
\makelettertitle
\justify
Dear Mr. XXX,

\makeletterclosing

\end{document}


How can I control those spacings? More precisely, how can I make them smaller?

The \opening command, internally \@opening is used in the moderncv mechanism like this:

 \@opening\\[1.5em]


One dirty but quick and painless way to make it work is to use, in your document, the opening command with \vspace*{-1.5em} to counter the spacing later introduced by the class, i.e.

 \opening{\vspace*{-1.5em}}


Here a full code sample

\documentclass[11pt,a4paper,sans,french]{moderncv}
\usepackage{ragged2e}
% moderncv themes
\moderncvstyle{classic}
\moderncvcolor{green}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[scale=0.75]{geometry}

\name{XXX}{XXX}
\title{}
\address{XXXX}{XXX}% optional, remove / comment the line if not wanted; the "postcode city" and and "country" arguments can be omitted or provided empty
\phone[mobile]{+XXX}
\email{XXX}

\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[english]{babel}

\renewcommand{\baselinestretch}{1.25}

\begin{document}
% recipient data
\recipient{XXX}{XXX}
\opening{\vspace*{-1.5em}}
\closing{Sincerely,}
\makelettertitle
\justify
\vspace*{-1.5em}
Dear Mr. XXX,

\makeletterclosing

\end{document}


Which produces:

• I don't think it's dirty. This saved my issue. Thanks! May 5, 2017 at 20:02