Getting Started -- To use businessletterpunch.com, users need to be able to write basic sentences. The program guides users through each step in writing a short business letter. Help messages are provided throughout. Users are encouraged by seeing their work develop and progress. Completed letters may be transferred to a word processing program, HTML editor, or e-mail application.
Note: If the above box says "Congratulations, you have passed the browser check!" you may use businessletterpunch.com on your computer.
Considerations for AOL Users -- AOL users must consider that they might not have either one of these browsers installed on their system. AOL users may get error messages if they try to use this site within the default AOL browser. The best solution is to minimize AOL and use a free browser, such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer, to access this site.
To do this, download and install a free browser from either Netscape or Microsoft. Then logon on to AOL. When the AOL Main Menu appears, hit the "minimize" button and type http://www.businessletterpunch.com/ into the Internet address window and press "enter."
Creating Your Letter -- Users progress through the application by typing in input boxes and by clicking on buttons or typing keyboard shortcuts to select actions. At several points during the program users are shown their work in wrap style on their working web page. This is for viewing only. Users edit their work in text boxes provided by the program.
Saving and Resuming Your Letter -- When you use Businessletterpunch.com,
your entries become part of the HTML page even when they are not visible
to you. As a result, if you wish to exit the web site and resume work
at a later time, you MUST SAVE your working web page before you leave.
Select the Save As command from the File menu of the browser to save your working page on your computer. If you get an alert message warning that the page may not display properly, you may ignore it and save anyway.
- Use .htm or .html as the file name extension (e.g., Dec10.htm).
- Select HTML only or HTML source from file type options. Selecting "Web Page, complete" will not save your work.
Once the page is saved, you can open your working page at a later time using the Open command in the browser and selecting the file that you had saved earlier on your computer.
To resume writing your letter, press the OK button once this page is opened in the browser. (Note: You must be connected to the Internet before you can resume writing.)
Publishing Your Letter -- When users complete their letter, they may copy and paste their work from businessletterpunch.com into a word processor, HTML editor, or e-mail application. For ideal formatting, we suggest that users copy and paste from the text box that we provide.
To start writing now, click here.