I am currently creating a cover letter (using a template) but I cannot find out why I have those three lines on the very left of my page. They seem to be aligned with something, but I cannot figure out with what.

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    Welcome to TEX SE! Please provide a complete example that we can copy and process. Otherwise, we cannot effectively help you. Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 1:35
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    One has to guess that the mystery template draws the lines. Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 1:43
  • Thanks for your help :) Here is the code, the comments are in German though. But you can see on the very left, there are 3 lines
    – zynklap
    Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 1:52
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    You can edit your question to include the file rather than use pastebin or try to update it via comments.
    – Don Hosek
    Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 4:25
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    Are you perhaps referring to the folding marks? (See my answer below). If so, the upper and lower mark show you where to fold your letter to insert into a standard C6/C5 envelope, while the slightly longer line denotes the middle of the page height, allowing you to align a standard two-hole punch with ease. Many (European, I presume) professional letters feature these marks.
    – Ingmar
    Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 6:08

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I am taking a wild guess here, but I think he's referring to the folding / punch marks on the left margin. To turn them off, simply use


in the preamble.


It's not entirely clear what you're referring to when you talk about "those three lines" I'm guessing it's the circled text from the screenshot below:

Screenshot of LaTeX output

This is the addressee of the letter, and the positioning is determined by the scrlttr2 class (I removed all the option setting to make sure that this was the default behavior and then verified by finding another example of the output of scrlttr2 here: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/218566/202780

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