In moderncv I use \cvitem to point my skills. The problem is that if I use long text in a first column it gets breaked. Picture shows what I want to achieve.

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first example is how it looks when I use \cvitem{Something looooong}{Second entry}. I can not achieve that second result with \cvitem{Something looooong}{\\Second entry} - if second entry is preceded by \\ (new line), then it gets into first column where "Something looooong" text is. All in all - how to easily achieve this second example, please?

  • Not everybody knows moderncv in its details; would you please add a minimal document that illustrates the question?
    – egreg
    Sep 16, 2012 at 12:45

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You can add \hfill followed by \newline to put an empty line, so your entry will look like:

\cvitem{Something looooong}{\hfill \newline Second entry}
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    Thanks! This is a "hack" that I was looking for! I didn't want to completely redefine \cvitem, instead I just wanted to change only one choosen line. Thank you again! Appreciated.
    – Teddy
    Sep 16, 2012 at 13:58

You can redefine \cvitem to use a b{...} column instead of the defualt p{...}:



      \raggedleft\hintstyle{#2} &{#3}%


\cvitem{Something looooong}{Second entry}


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