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October 31, 2010

Custom headers in latex letters

Filed under: Latex — cfranc @ 1:00 pm

Hi and Happy Halloween! I hope you’re having fun because I’m stuck working on job applications for postdoctoral positions. Thankfully they’re essentially finished. Yesterday I put the finishing touches on my cover letters and discovered how to add custom headers to the default latex letter class. Here’s how I did it; I warn you, though, that my solution is a little ad-hoc…

The solution begins by using the fancyhdr package. Add the line:


somewhere in the preamble under your document class declaration. The following line in your preamble will add a header graphic to the top left corner of your letter:


The file image_name_without_extension should be in the same directory as your .tex files (otherwise add the correct path). Muck around with the scaling to make the thing look nice; 0.75 indicates that it is 0.75 times as large as the original. This will add a line beneath the header by default. If you’d like to remove it, then add the line


to your preamble. Now the footer by default should contain a page number. If you want to get rid of that, then add the line


to your preamble. If your footer also has an underline above it, you can get rid of that by adding


to your preamble.

At this point hopefully you’ve got beautiful headers and footers. One final thing that I disliked about the letter package was that in the signature, a default space was added between the closing and your name, so that you could add signature. At first I found out how to eliminate the extra space, since I was sending the letters by email and hence wouldn’t be signing them. Then I had the idea of adding a signature graphic into the empty space instead, and give the impression that I had signed (one could scan a signature, but I actually made a “fake” one in MSPaint). Here is the code that I used for my signature: the following signature definition was added to my preamble:

\signature{\includegraphics[scale=0.4]{signature} \\Cameron Franc \\ \texttt{my email address} \\ \texttt{}}

Then when I called the signature, I had to erase the extra space so that the spacing would fit my graphic signature.png exactly. Here is the signature call that I used in my body:



And that’s it. Happy texing!


October 6, 2010

Error in last post

Filed under: Books — cfranc @ 8:03 am

The Nobel in literature is being awarded tomorrow, Thursday October 7, at 11am GMT, not today as my previous post reported. I knew it was awarded Thursday, but somehow convinced myself that yesterday was Wednesday. Sigh… I’m applying for post-doc positions at the moment, so life is a bit hectic right now.

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