Email is easy, but you may still need to write an official memo now and then. If you're a bit rusty about what format to use for a memo letter, go ahead and download our free Memorandum Template. Not to be confused with a private placement memorandum or credit memo, a memo letter is a type of business letter used mostly for internal communication within a company, organization, or school.
A memorandum may be used to make a request, announce an upcoming meeting, or communicate some important facts. Download the memo template below, or continue reading for some tips about how to write a memo and to see the sample memo format.
The Vertex42 memo templates below can be downloaded for free and customized for use within your organization. Please note that the files should not be placed on any public server accessible via the internet.
Formal Memorandum Template
Use this free memorandum template when the context of the memo or the types of recipients would require it to be more formal. Note that a formal memo would list all the recipients. A serif font like Times New Roman generally makes a letter seem more formal as well.
Formal Memorandum Template (.docx)
Casual Memo Letter Template
The sample memo letter is for more casual occasions such as within volunteer organizations. You may not need to list all of the recipients in a casual memo. You might also be more creative with fonts and images (but don't get too carried away with that).
Casual Memo Template (.docx)
Sample Memo Letter
Formal Memorandum Template
From: [Person and/or Department issuing the memo]
Date: [Date Sent]
Subject: [Subject of the Memo]
[Opening – Get to the point in the opening paragraph. Keep things simple and short. Make it easy and fast to read.]
[Summary – Provide enough background so all readers understand the history, but again, keep it simple.]
[Conclusion – End with a call to action.]
CC: [Send copies to anyone affected by the memo.]
Attachments: [List any attachments to the memo. Only list items referred to in the body of the memo.]
Using the Memorandum Template
Changing the Theme
We created the memorandum template and sample memo letter as .DOCX files for Word 2007+ so that you can easily modify the theme and styles. To change the theme, you can go to Page Layout > Themes to pick a different set of fonts for the entire document. For more information about themes and styles, you can look up those topics via the help system (F1).
Emailing a Memo
Email is easy and is great for informal communication - reminders about lunch parties or missing cell phones. For more formal or official communication, use a memo format.
A memo letter can still be sent by email. Copy your memo into the body of your email and include the official memo as an attachment.
Tips for Writing a Memo
Say what you need to say in the most concise and clear way possible. That isn't always easy, but everybody will appreciate not having to read a long memo.
For tips about how to write the body of the memo, see the guidelines included in the sample memo letter above.
- Make sure you send copies of the memo to anyone affected by it
- Consider email for informal messages or announcements
- If the situation is very formal, or the recipient is several pay grades above you, it may be more appropriate to use a formal business letter.
Memo Resources and Writing Aids
- Additional Writing Tips (.pdf) at www.fsb.muohio.edu - More guidelines to help you format a memo.
- Example Memo at owl.english.purdue.edu - This site lists a business memo sample with some more writing tips.
- Memo Writing Guidelines at loyno.edu -
Other Free Memo Templates
The Microsoft Office® template gallery has a few memorandum templates to choose from. They don't give guidance on how to write the memo, but seeing the different formats may be useful. Here are links to a couple sample memo letters: