Block Style Format

Setting up a block style letter is quite simple, since every line starts flush with the left margin.

Block Letter Sample

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To format a business letter in block style:

1. Type all lines beginning at the left margin.

2. Center the letter vertically, then type the date.

3. After the date, press Enter 4 times and type the inside address. Leave 1 space between the state and the ZIP code.

4. After the inside address, press Enter 2 times and type the salutation.

5. Press Enter 2 times and begin the body of the letter.

6. Single-space the body, but press Enter 2 times between paragraphs.

7. After the last paragraph, press Enter 2 times and type the complimentary closing.

8. Press Enter 4 times and type the writer's name and address.

Modified Block Style

You just have to look at it and you will instantly recognize the format.

Modified vs block

Modified block business letters use a slightly different format from the full block business letters. In the modified block style the return address, date, and the signature line are slightly to the right of the center of the paper. It is recommended you to tab over to the center of the letter and not use Ctrl-E which would distort the block.

Modified Block Example

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Parts & order of a Business Letter

Block letter style format

Punctuation for a business letter

Title/cover page

Format an unbound report

References or bibliography page

Format a simple outline 





































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Block letter Explained youtube video

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Another Block Letter Youtube Video

PDF Examples

Modified Block Video Youtube Video

Practice Exercises

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Block Letter Ex. 1

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