Paper and Envelope Sizes

Basics of Business Letters


You should take care of the Paper and Envelope Sizes. Paper suitable for writing letters comes in various sizes, colors and quality. Paper suitable for writing letters comes in various sizes, colors and quality. The most common paper used for business letters is white A4 size paper (210 mm x 297 mm or 8 1/4 inches x 11 3 /4 inches) with a fairly smooth texture. Letter size paper (8 1/2 inches x 11 inches) or others of approximately similar size are also sometimes used, but as computers gain popularity, the A4 size is the preferred paper size as most printers can handle this size. Some printers use standard size printout sheets which is larger than A4 size, but this is not usually used for business correspondence, except for "computer generated letters" which are becoming increasingly popular for companies that handle standard letters in bulk for their many customers.

Invitations and memoranda are normally written on paper of smaller size such as (148 mm x 210 mm or 6 inches x 8 1/4 inches).

Envelopes come in various sizes, colors and quality as well. The preferred size for envelopes is 9 inches x 4 inches. The other commonly used envelope is the smaller Commercial size envelope (3 1/2 inches x 6 inches). No restriction is placed on the color and quality of envelopes, but a light color makes it easier to read the name and address written on the envelope and good quality paper can withstand wear and tear better.



Basics of Business Letters


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