How to Use a Document in WordPad to Write a Business Letter


WordPad is a simple word processing program found on computers with a Windows operating system. The WordPad program can be used for multiple purposes. When you need to write a business letter, all of the typing and formatting can be done right inside the WordPad program. However, if you have never used it before, you might discover that just a few of the formatting tools are a little different than other, more widely used programs such as Microsoft Word.

  • Select "Format" from the top menu of the WordPad program. Change the font to a neutral font, such as "Times New Roman," and the font size to 12 point. Type the business letter in black with the text left justified.

  • Click inside the WordPad program to place the cursor at the beginning of the document. Type your name. Below your name, type your address.

  • Skip one space by pressing "Enter" twice. Type the date you're sending or delivering the business letter.

  • Press "Enter" twice. Type the name of the recipient, followed by his address.

  • Skip one space and add your salutation, such as "Dear Mr. Smith:". In a business letter, use a formal greeting with the recipient's title.

  • Type the body of your business letter. The first paragraph states what the letter is regarding. The second paragraph gives necessary details, and the third paragraph includes action items and a thank you to the recipient. Skip one space between each paragraph.

  • Press "Enter" twice to skip one space. Type a closing such as "Best Regards."

  • Skip four lines and type your full name at the end of the business letter.

  • Click "File" from the main menu at the top of the WordPad program. Select "Save as" to save the business letter on your computer.

  • Click "File" and "Print" to print the letter. Sign your name between the closing and your typed name before you send or deliver the letter.


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