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1 Document Formatting Personal Business Letters and Common documents

2 Purpose of Document Formatting Our focus will be to learn how to format personal business letters, business letters, and memos This is important regardless of your future occupation These are the rules you must follow in order to communicate effectively, Pay careful attention to spacing between document parts (that includes any margin changes)

3 What is a Memo?Memo Used to communicate information quickly throughout a business or organization Memo parts: TO: tab tab To whom the memo is written FROM: tab Who the memo is from DATE: tab tab Current date of memo SUBJECT: tabSHORT POINT OF MEMO

4 Memo Spacing 2 top margin Each of the four headings are DS (double spaced) and keyed in all caps followed by a colon (:) After the colon, the Tab key is pressed to line up the text that follows See Handout for formatting

5 What is a Personal Business Letter? A letter written from a person to a company Can be used for any purpose that requires written communication from an individual to a company Such as: To accompany returned goods Complaint letter Thank you letter Résumé cover letter

6 Personal Business Letter Styles and Punctuation There are 3 acceptable letter styles in business: Block style – all lines in the letter begin at the left margin (no tabbing or indenting) Modified block style – date line, complimentary closing and writers identification begin at midpoint Semi-modified block style - date line, complimentary closing and writers identification begin at midpoint and all body paragraphs are indented (or tabbed over) ½

7 Letter Punctuation Mixed punctuation there will be a colon (:) after the salutation and a comma (,) after the complimentary closing Open punctuation there will be NO punctuation after the salutation or complimentary closing

8 What is a Business Letter?Business Letter Represents a company not an individual Usually prepared on company letterhead Company letterhead is official company stationery that often contains a logo along with the name, address, phone and fax number

9 Differences between a Personal Business and Business Letter Business Letter From a Company Written on Letterhead Writers business title (identification) is usually keyed under the name Has Reference Initials Personal Business Letter To a Company Has a Return Address (senders mailing address)

10 What are the similarities? Both are Formal Business Documents Margins (All top margins are 2, Side – 1 or default) Parts of the Letter - Dateline, Salutation, Body, Complimentary Closing, Signature, Typed Name. Internal spacing (after date & closing – press Enter 4 times, Paragraphs – SS with DS between.)

11 Report There are many different acceptable ways to format a report Formatting depends upon the type and reason for report Examples are: Academic report Technical report

12 Academic Report Formatting Use default margins (dont change margins) Change line spacing to double (entire document DS) Four headings at the top left margin Students name Teachers name Class or Subject Date After the Date heading, key the title of the report using initial caps (capitalizing the first letter of important words) then press Enter to begin keying report Indent the first sentence in each paragraph by pressing the Tab key

13 Summary In this Unit, you have learned how to format: Personal Business Letters Business Letters Memos Academic Report

14 The End

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