# Changing position of text and detail infos on european CV

I'm trying to understand the source code in LaTeX of the european CV (here can be downloaded: https://www.latextemplates.com/template/moderncv-cv-and-cover-letter) with class moderncv because I need to adapt it to my needs. What I want to do is to move the text (Curriculum Vitae) above and the details infos to the left (but leaving the picture where it is) like the following:

the problem is that I cannot understand where those changes should be implemented. After a long search I found out, that the following code is responsible for creating what you see on the screenshot. (I found it the file: moderncvstyleclassic.sty)

% optional maketitle width to force a certain width (if set to 0pt, the width is calculated automatically)
\newlength{\makecvtitlenamewidth}
\setlength{\makecvtitlenamewidth}{0pt}% dummy value
\renewcommand*{\makecvtitle}{%
% recompute lengths (in case we are switching from letter to resume, or vice versa)
\recomputecvlengths%
% optional detailed information box
\newbox{\makecvtitledetailsbox}%
\savebox{\makecvtitledetailsbox}{%
\begin{tabular}[b]{@{}r@{}}%
\ifthenelse{\isundefined{\@mobile}}{}{\makenewline\mobilesymbol\@mobile}%
\ifthenelse{\isundefined{\@dateofbirth}}{}{\makenewline\@dateofbirth}%
\ifthenelse{\isundefined{\@placeofbirth}}{}{\makenewline\@placeofbirth}%
\ifthenelse{\isundefined{\@extrainfo}}{}{\makenewline\@extrainfo}%
\end{tabular}
}%
% optional photo (pre-rendering)
\newbox{\makecvtitlepicturebox}%
\savebox{\makecvtitlepicturebox}{%
\ifthenelse{\isundefined{\@photo}}%
{}%
{%
\hspace*{\separatorcolumnwidth}%
\color{color1}%
\setlength{\fboxrule}{\@photoframewidth}%
\ifdim\@photoframewidth=0pt%
\setlength{\fboxsep}{0pt}\fi%
\framebox{\includegraphics[width=\@photowidth]{\@photo}}}}%
% name and title
\newlength{\makecvtitledetailswidth}\settowidth{\makecvtitledetailswidth}{\usebox{\makecvtitledetailsbox}}%
\newlength{\makecvtitlepicturewidth}\settowidth{\makecvtitlepicturewidth}{\usebox{\makecvtitlepicturebox}}%
\ifthenelse{\lengthtest{\makecvtitlenamewidth=0pt}}% check for dummy value (equivalent to \ifdim\makecvtitlenamewidth=0pt)
{\setlength{\makecvtitlenamewidth}{\textwidth-\makecvtitledetailswidth-\makecvtitlepicturewidth}}%
{}%
\begin{minipage}[b]{\makecvtitlenamewidth}%
\namestyle{\@firstname\ \@familyname}%
\ifthenelse{\equal{\@title}{}}{}{\\[1.25em]\titlestyle{\@title}}%
\par
\end{minipage}%
\hfill%
% detailed information
\llap{\usebox{\makecvtitledetailsbox}}% \llap is used to suppress the width of the box, allowing overlap if the value of makecvtitlenamewidth is forced
% optional photo (rendering)
\usebox{\makecvtitlepicturebox}\\[0.5em]%
% optional quote
\ifthenelse{\isundefined{\@quote}}%
{}%
{{\centering\begin{minipage}{\quotewidth}\centering\quotestyle{\@quote}\end{minipage}\\[2.5em]}}%
\par}% to avoid weird spacing bug at the first section if no blank line is left after \makecvtitle


How should I change that code to achieve what I want to do?

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Be careful, that template uses an olddated version 1.2.0 of class moderncv. The current one is 2.0.0!

In your case the trick is to move the call of \makecvtitledetailsbox into the creation of the minipage:

  \begin{minipage}[b]{\makecvtitlenamewidth}%
\namestyle{\@firstname\ \@familyname}%
\ifthenelse{\equal{\@title}{}}{}{\\[1.25em]\titlestyle{\@title}}%
\\[1.25em]
\usebox{\makecvtitledetailsbox} % <=================================
\par
\end{minipage}%


In the following MWE you need the commands \makeatletter and \makeatother for the usage of @ in the code.

With the following complete MWE

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
% "ModernCV" CV and Cover Letter
% LaTeX Template
% Version 1.3 (29/10/16)
%
% http://www.LaTeXTemplates.com
%
% Original author:
% Xavier Danaux (xdanaux@gmail.com) with modifications by:
% Vel (vel@latextemplates.com)
%
%
% Important note:
% This template requires the moderncv.cls and .sty files to be in the same
% directory as this .tex file. These files provide the resume style and themes
% used for structuring the document.
%
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
%   PACKAGES AND OTHER DOCUMENT CONFIGURATIONS
%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

\documentclass[11pt,a4paper,sans]{moderncv} % Font sizes: 10, 11, or 12; paper sizes: a4paper, letterpaper, a5paper, legalpaper, executivepaper or landscape; font families: sans or roman

\moderncvstyle{classic} % CV theme - options include: 'casual' (default), 'classic', 'oldstyle' and 'banking'
\moderncvcolor{blue} % CV color - options include: 'blue' (default), 'orange', 'green', 'red', 'purple', 'grey' and 'black'

\usepackage{lipsum} % Used for inserting dummy 'Lorem ipsum' text into the template

\usepackage[scale=0.75]{geometry} % Reduce document margins
%\setlength{\hintscolumnwidth}{3cm} % Uncomment to change the width of the dates column
%\setlength{\makecvtitlenamewidth}{10cm} % For the 'classic' style, uncomment to adjust the width of the space allocated to your name

%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
%   NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION SECTION
%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

% All information in this block is optional, comment out any lines you don't need
\title{Curriculum Vitae}
\mobile{(000) 111 1111}
\phone{(000) 111 1112}
\fax{(000) 111 1113}
\email{john@smith.com}
\homepage{staff.org.edu/~jsmith}{staff.org.edu/$\sim$jsmith} % The first argument is the url for the clickable link, the second argument is the url displayed in the template - this allows special characters to be displayed such as the tilde in this example
\photo[70pt][0.4pt]{pictures/picture} % The first bracket is the picture height, the second is the thickness of the frame around the picture (0pt for no frame)
\quote{"A witty and playful quotation" - John Smith}

%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

\makeatletter
% optional maketitle width to force a certain width (if set to 0pt, the width is calculated automatically)
%\newlength{\makecvtitlenamewidth}
\setlength{\makecvtitlenamewidth}{0pt}% dummy value
\renewcommand*{\makecvtitle}{%
% recompute lengths (in case we are switching from letter to resume, or vice versa)
\recomputecvlengths%
% optional detailed information box
\newbox{\makecvtitledetailsbox}%
\savebox{\makecvtitledetailsbox}{%
\begin{tabular}[b]{@{}r@{}}%
\ifthenelse{\isundefined{\@mobile}}{}{\makenewline\mobilesymbol\@mobile}%
\ifthenelse{\isundefined{\@dateofbirth}}{}{\makenewline\@dateofbirth}%
\ifthenelse{\isundefined{\@placeofbirth}}{}{\makenewline\@placeofbirth}%
\ifthenelse{\isundefined{\@extrainfo}}{}{\makenewline\@extrainfo}%
\end{tabular}
}%
% optional photo (pre-rendering)
\newbox{\makecvtitlepicturebox}%
\savebox{\makecvtitlepicturebox}{%
\ifthenelse{\isundefined{\@photo}}%
{}%
{%
\hspace*{\separatorcolumnwidth}%
\color{color1}%
\setlength{\fboxrule}{\@photoframewidth}%
\ifdim\@photoframewidth=0pt%
\setlength{\fboxsep}{0pt}\fi%
\framebox{\includegraphics[width=\@photowidth]{\@photo}}}}%
% name and title
\newlength{\makecvtitledetailswidth}\settowidth{\makecvtitledetailswidth}{\usebox{\makecvtitledetailsbox}}%
\newlength{\makecvtitlepicturewidth}\settowidth{\makecvtitlepicturewidth}{\usebox{\makecvtitlepicturebox}}%
\ifthenelse{\lengthtest{\makecvtitlenamewidth=0pt}}% check for dummy value (equivalent to \ifdim\makecvtitlenamewidth=0pt)
{\setlength{\makecvtitlenamewidth}{\textwidth-\makecvtitledetailswidth-\makecvtitlepicturewidth}}%
{}%
\begin{minipage}[b]{\makecvtitlenamewidth}%
\namestyle{\@firstname\ \@familyname}%
\ifthenelse{\equal{\@title}{}}{}{\\[1.25em]\titlestyle{\@title}}%
\\[1.25em]
\usebox{\makecvtitledetailsbox} % <=================================
\par
\end{minipage}%
\hfill%
% detailed information % <============================================
%\llap{\usebox{\makecvtitledetailsbox}}% \llap is used to suppress the width of the box, allowing overlap if the value of makecvtitlenamewidth is forced
% optional photo (rendering)
\usebox{\makecvtitlepicturebox}\\[0.5em]%
% optional quote
\ifthenelse{\isundefined{\@quote}}%
{}%
{{\centering\begin{minipage}{\quotewidth}\centering\quotestyle{\@quote}\end{minipage}\\[2.5em]}}%
\par}% to avoid weird spacing bug at the first section if no blank line is left after \makecvtitle
\makeatother

\begin{document}

%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
%   COVER LETTER
%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

% To remove the cover letter, comment out this entire block

\clearpage

\recipient{HR Department}{Corporation\\123 Pleasant Lane\\12345 City, State} % Letter recipient
\date{\today} % Letter date
\opening{Dear Sir or Madam,} % Opening greeting
\closing{Sincerely yours,} % Closing phrase
\enclosure[Attached]{curriculum vit\ae{}} % List of enclosed documents

\makelettertitle % Print letter title

\lipsum[1-2] % Dummy text
\lipsum[4] % Dummy text

\makeletterclosing % Print letter signature

\newpage

%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
%   CURRICULUM VITAE
%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

\makecvtitle % Print the CV title

%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
%   EDUCATION SECTION
%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

\section{Education}

\cventry{2011--2012}{Masters of Commerce}{The University of California}{Berkeley}{\textit{GPA -- 8.0}}{First Class Honours}  % Arguments not required can be left empty
\cventry{2007--2010}{Bachelor of Business Studies}{The University of California}{Berkeley}{\textit{GPA -- 7.5}}{Specialized in Commerce}

\section{Masters Thesis}

\cvitem{Title}{\emph{Money Is The Root Of All Evil -- Or Is It?}}
\cvitem{Supervisors}{Professor James Smith \& Associate Professor Jane Smith}
\cvitem{Description}{This thesis explored the idea that money has been the cause of untold anguish and suffering in the world. I found that it has, in fact, not.}

%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
%   WORK EXPERIENCE SECTION
%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

\section{Experience}

\subsection{Vocational}

\cventry{2012--Present}{1\textsuperscript{st} Year Analyst}{\textsc{Lehman Brothers}}{Los Angeles}{}{Developed spreadsheets for risk analysis on exotic derivatives on a wide array of commodities (ags, oils, precious and base metals), managed blotter and secondary trades on structured notes, liaised with Middle Office, Sales and Structuring for bookkeeping.
\newline{}\newline{}
Detailed achievements:
\begin{itemize}
\item Learned how to make amazing coffee
\item Finally determined the reason for \textsc{PC LOAD LETTER}:
\begin{itemize}
\item Paper jam
\item Software issues:
\begin{itemize}
\item Word not sending the correct data to printer
\item Windows trying to print in letter format
\end{itemize}
\item Coffee spilled inside printer
\end{itemize}
\item Broke the office record for number of kitten pictures in cubicle
\end{itemize}}

%------------------------------------------------

\cventry{2011--2012}{Summer Intern}{\textsc{Lehman Brothers}}{Los Angeles}{}{Rated "truly distinctive" for Analytical Skills and Teamwork.}

%------------------------------------------------

\subsection{Miscellaneous}

\cventry{2010--2011}{}{}{}{}{Spent some time finding myself. This was a courageous endeavour that didn't have a job title. It was quite important to my overall development though so I'm adding it to my CV. Also it explains the gap in my otherwise stellar CV.}

\cventry{2009--2010}{Computer Repair Specialist}{Buy More}{Burbank}{}{Worked in the Nerd Herd and helped to solve computer problems. Allowed me to become expert in all forms of martial arts and weaponry.}

%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
%   AWARDS SECTION
%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

\section{Awards}

\cvitem{2010}{Top Achiever Award -- Commerce}

%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
%   COMPUTER SKILLS SECTION
%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

\section{Computer skills}

\cvitem{Intermediate}{\textsc{python}, \textsc{html}, \LaTeX, OpenOffice, Linux, Microsoft Windows}

%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
%   COMMUNICATION SKILLS SECTION
%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

\section{Communication Skills}

\cvitem{2010}{Oral Presentation at the California Business Conference}
\cvitem{2009}{Poster at the Annual Business Conference in Oregon}

%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
%   LANGUAGES SECTION
%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

\section{Languages}

\cvitemwithcomment{English}{Mothertongue}{}
\cvitemwithcomment{Spanish}{Intermediate}{Conversationally fluent}
\cvitemwithcomment{Dutch}{Basic}{Basic words and phrases only}

%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
%   INTERESTS SECTION
%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

\section{Interests}

\renewcommand{\listitemsymbol}{-~} % Changes the symbol used for lists

\cvlistdoubleitem{Piano}{Chess}
\cvlistdoubleitem{Cooking}{Dancing}
\cvlistitem{Running}

%----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

\end{document}


you get the result: