How to Type a Letter in MS Word 2007

By Matthew Fortuna

Microsoft Word is one of the most widely used word processing programs in the world, and comes standard with many variations of the Windows operating system. Using Microsoft Word to type a letter can be done without any special applications or options. Typing a standard formal letter is a matter of knowing what you want to say, and knowing how and where to place it in the letter. With only MS Word 2007 and your keyboard, you can set up and type a professional looking letter in just minutes.

Manually

Step 1

Begin typing at the very top left of the page, where your cursor is when you open a new MS Word document. Type the date on the first line and press "Enter" twice.

Step 2

Type the name of the recipient on the next line, followed by the title, street address, city, state and ZIP code on the succeeding lines.

Step 3

Press "Enter" twice and enter your salutation, followed by a colon. For example: "Dear John:".

Step 4

Hit "Enter" twice, and hit the "Tab" key to indent your first paragraph.

Step 5

Compose the first paragraph of your letter. Hit "Enter" twice after each paragraph, and continue composing your message paragraph by paragraph.

Step 6

Hit "Enter" twice again after your last page, and type your complimentary closing. For example, "Sincerely" or "All the best." Follow the closing with a comma.

Step 7

Press "Enter" three times and type your full name, leaving room for a signature, if necessary or desired.

Letter Wizard

Step 1

Click "File" in the upper bar menu and click "New."

Step 2

Click "New Document" on your new page and click "Templates."

Step 3

Click "On my computer" in the "Templates" menu and select "Letters and Faxes."

Step 4

Select "Letter Wizard" in the "Letters and Faxes" menu.

Step 5

Follow the step by step instructions in the Letter Wizard to lay out, format and compose your letter.

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