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1 Personal Business Letters and Common documents
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? 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: tab SHORT 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 writer’s identification begin at midpoint Semi-modified block style - date line, complimentary closing and writer’s identification begin at midpoint and all body paragraphs are indented (or tabbed over) ½”

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

8 What is a 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
Personal Business Letter From a Company Written on Letterhead Writer’s business title (identification) is usually keyed under the name Has Reference Initials To a Company Has a Return Address (sender’s 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 (don’t change margins) Change line spacing to double (entire document DS) Four headings at the top left margin Student’s name Teacher’s 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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