I am using moderncv, classic style, with the picture & my info on the right. In the cover letter, I want to reduce the vertical space above the recipient name/address (labelled 'A' in the pic) while retaining the date in the same place. Is it possible? I want to do this to fit the cover letter in one page. Playing with

  • the page margins or
  • putting a \vspace before \makelettertitle

only helps so far until the layout starts to look very bad. It shifts up the letter title block (of the whole pagewidth) & it looks quite bad. So that helped only a little but not much. Any advice/help is greatly appreciated! Thanks! enter image description here


1 Answer 1


If you want to only move the address block, i.e. the Company Recruitment ... text, you can add negative vertical space to the arguments of the \recipient command directly:

\recipient{\vspace{-4.5cm} Company Recruitment team}{Company, Inc.\\123 somestreet\\some city}

Result: Rendered LaTeX

If you want to also move the letter text upwards, I would suggest wrapping the first paragraph (or maybe the entire text) in a parbox environment, with a horizontal size less than the pagewidth (the first argument to parbox). You can then pull up the text with negative \vspace. This is a bit of a hacky solution, and I couln't make these ideas work with the \opening command, so you might have to add your opening manually.


\title{Resumé title}
\address{street and number}{postcode city}{country}
\email{[email protected]}

\recipient{\vspace{-4.5cm} Company Recruitment team}{Company, Inc.\\123 somestreet\\some city}
\date{January 01, 1984}
\closing{Yours faithfully,}



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Result: Rendered LaTeX

  • Perfect! Works like a charm.. Thank you so much!
    – user62048
    Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 11:07
  • Glad I could help. Do you want to mark the question as answered?
    – chrisma
    Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 12:18

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