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20 Best Free Microsoft Word Resignation Letter Templates (To Quit Right in 2022)

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You've given this a lot of thought, and here you are looking for a resignation letter template in Word. Have you been feeling unenthusiastic at your current job? And did the idea of quitting bring a massive grin to your face? It's time for a change! 

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Minimalist Resume, Cover Letter & Resignation Template Word, a premium MS Word template on Envato Elements

The thought of wanting to resign the right way may have brought you to this article. We'll look into some free resignation letter templates in Word found on the web. These samples will give you a good idea of how to write the content of your letter. 

If you're looking for a professional and impressive file, check out the selection of letter templates in Word on Envato Elements and GraphicRiver's formal letter in Word template.

Here's a little trick. Find a minimalistic cover letter you'd like to use for your future job application and use the same template for your resignation letter.

Find the Best Premium Letter Template for Resignation in Word Format on Envato Elements for 2022 (Unlimited Use)

Get your hands on the best resume and cover letter templates from Envato Elements. Double up these best cover letter templates as a resignation template to quit right in 2022. These premium letter templates help you save time and avoid creating from scratch. 

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We'll also look at the top resume and cover letter templates from GraphicRiver in the next section. GraphicRiver runs on a pay-per-download model and has a vast selection of premium Microsoft Word templates. For those who want to test out premium before signing up to Envato Elements, GraphicRiver is an excellent option.  

5 Best Premium Resignation Letter Templates Word Format for 2022 (Envato Elements & GraphicRiver)

Here are five premium top minimalistic resume and cover letter templates in MS Word from Envato Elements and GraphicRiver. Use any of these templates to resign from your current job and apply for your dream job: 

1. Gaston - Resignation Letter Template Word Format

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Gaston is a modern and minimalistic template. It comes with Microsoft Word, Adobe InDesign, and Pages files. The yellow highlight on these documents gives it a golden and elegant look. Use it to resign and this same template is perfect for your next job application.

2. Resume, Cover Letter, and Resignation Letter Template Word Format

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Easily customize this template according to your needs in Microsoft Word. Update your resume, create a resignation and cover letter in minutes with minutes. Use an image of yourself or your work as the main image on the resume page. 

3. Design Formal Letter of Resignation Word Template

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This one-page letter template is a complement to this Design Resume template. Both these templates are handy if you need to start applying for jobs as soon as you resign. Are you becoming a freelancer? Other templates in this same design may be of interest to you. 

4. Resume, Cover Letter, and Resignation Letter Sample Word Template

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This file comes with two resumes and two letters in two color schemes. The package contains InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, MS Word, and CorelDraw files. Download this template and start customizing it immediately. 

5. Clean Resume and Resignation Letter Template Word

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This template works well in MS Word and InDesign. Fonts used are LATO and Montserrat (links included). Customize this template according to your needs, print, and resign your job in style. 

20 Top Free MS Word Resignation Letter Template Examples to Download (2022)

Before we proceed, let's explore some premium freebies from Envato. It's a chance to test out various premium creative files for free. You may not find a letter of resignation Word template all the time among these free downloads. But it's worth a check.

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Let's explore 20 free resignation letter sample in Word templates that are free to download from the web:

1. Free Simple Formal Letter of Resignation Word Template

This is a straightforward document with no design elements.  

2. Free Letter of Resignation From Board

This letter of resignation template is more about the content than the design template. It suggests how to resign from a board position. 

3. Short - Free Resignation Letter Template Microsoft Word Download

Send this short and effective resignation letter to your HR. It also comes with an email resignation template should you want to email it instead. 

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4. One-Pager - Resignation Letter Sample Word Template

Copy and paste this text from the letter of resignation template into your own Word document.

5. Minimal - Free Resignation Template Word

Formalize your resignation by putting it down in black and white with this resignation letter template for Word. 

6. Basic - Free Resignation Template Word

This is a very brief letter and promotes further discussion in person. 

7. Two Weeks Notice - Free Resignation Letter Template Microsoft Word Download 

If you intend to resign and give a two-week notice before your last day, this sample letter works well. 

8. Graceful - Resignation Letter Sample Word Template 

This Microsoft Word letter of resignation template comes with tips on how to resign and includes a brief yet graceful sample letter.

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9. Security Guard - Free Formal Letter of Resignation Word Template

If you're a security guard wanting to resign, this is a sample letter template for you. 

10. Free Employee Resignation Letter with 30-Day Notice

This resignation letter template for free has a whole page of tips and a short sample with generally good causes to use. 

11. Standard - Free Formal Letter of Resignation Word Template

This is a standard letter of resignation template for Word for free that can any professional needing to resign can use.

12. Relocation - Free Resignation Letter Template Microsoft Word Download

Are you leaving your company because you're migrating overseas or relocating to a different state? Here's a sample letter for you.

13. Free Formal Resignation Letter Example

Download this example, copy the text, add it to your template and customize the content.

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14. Sample - Free Resignation Template Word

Use the tips and sample wording in this template to formally inform HR or management of your resignation.

15. Basic - Free Resignation Letter Template Word

Are you lost for words? This sample letter of resignation gives you all the essential points and wordings you need. 

16. Detailed and Personalized - Free Resignation Letter Template Microsoft Word Download

This sample resignation letter text helps if you want to go over and beyond with the information in your resignation letter.

17. Personalized - Free Resignation Letter Template Word

This is a professional yet heartfelt sample text. 

18. Retraction - Free Resignation Letter Template Word

So, what happens if you change your mind and want to stay on? Here's a retraction sample letter for you.

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19. Free Regret Leaving Resignation Letter

Leaving a company may be happy news for you, but it could be unfortunate for the company. If you'd like to express that regret and show that you're working on your handover, this sample text will work well. 

20. Bonus! - 33 Sample Standard Job Resignation Letter Templates

Check out these 33 sample resignation letter templates for free to get inspiration. 

How to Customize Your Microsoft Word Letter of Resignation Template

After choosing a template, you’ll need to change your cover letter template into a resignation letter. Here’s how.

In this tutorial, I’ll customize the premium CV Resume Word & Cover Letter Template to create a resignation letter model in Word. Here’s what the template looks like without any edits made.

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Cover letter template (premium) with no edits made.
Let's get started:
I’m using a Mac O.S and Microsoft 365 Version 16.58 for this tutorial. If you're working on a different system, the steps may be slightly different.

1. Delete Unnecessary Sections

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Delete unnecessary section.

Many Word templates come with sections you need. For example, you don’t need to have a contact section or image for a resignation letter. It’s also a good idea to delete the About Me section. So, let's start by deleting the unwanted sections and picture placeholders.

To delete text, start by clicking on the text. Next, press the Delete button on your keyboard.

After deleting the text, there may be some icons left. To delete them click in the middle of the icons. Then press Delete on your keyboard. Repeat these steps to delete the picture placeholders as well.

2. Move the Text into Place

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Move the text into place.

We need to have the text in a better position. To do that, we'll need to move it.

Start by holding down the Command key on your keyboard and clicking in the text boxes. Once you’ve selected the multiple text boxes, you’ll be able to move them all at once by dragging and dropping. Move them into the position that you want.

3. Move an Object

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Move an object.

There was a line object in the template that was not deleted. Click on the object. Move the handles to enlarge the object.

If you want to move the object, click on the middle until your cursor turns into a cross. Then use your cursor to move the object to where you want it.

4. Change the Font

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Change the font.

You need to replace the Microsoft Word letter of resignation template text with your own.

So, highlight the text. Then add your own text.

The font on the retraction letter template is small because other elements were surrounding it. So, we should change the font size and style.

To start changing the text font size, begin by highlighting the text. Next, click on the Home tab. In the toolbar, there's a number with an arrow next to it beside the font name. Click on the arrow. Choose the font size from the menu that drops down. You may need to make the text box larger when you change the font size. Move the handles to adjust the text box size.

Next, to change the font highlight the text. You’ll see the current font under the Home tab with an arrow to the right of to it. Click on the arrow. When you click on the arrow, a Font menu drops down. Choose a font that's professional and easy to read from the drop-down menu.

5. Save as PDF

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Save as PDF.

If you’re working from home or want to keep a personal copy of your retraction letter, you can save it as a PDF.

To start, click on File at the top of your screen. From the menu that drops down, click on the Save As…. option. This brings up a window. There's a file format field with an arrow in it in that window. When you click on the arrow, a menu drops down. From the dropdown menu, choose the PDF option.

5 Quick Tips to Make a Professional Resignation Letter in Word 2022

It's a resignation letter, so it doesn't need to be fancy. But there's no harm in resigning in style to leave with a good impression. Here are five quick tips to help you create the best possible letter of resignation:

1. Get a Dual Purpose Template

In most cases, a job application will be the next thing on your mind after resigning from your job. So why not get a template that works well for both situations? It helps you stay away from a plain one-pager with only texts. 

Check out this tutorial to get an idea of how to use a premium MS Word template: 

2. Check Your Employment Agreement/Contract or Speak With HR

Before you do anything, look at your official employment documents. Check what the exit clauses are for you with your company. If everything is ok and you've got no questions, you can proceed.

If you've got some concerns, it's best to speak to HR before submitting your resignation. This will help you avoid resubmitting your resignation letter. 

3. Add Relevant Details

There are many ways to write a resignation letter. But there's some basic information that needs to be in it. Any other information beyond this is optional.

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CV Resume & Letter Cover, customize this premium template and use it as a resignation letter.

Here's a quick checklist of what needs to be added to any resignation letter:

  • the current date
  • your address and company's address
  • state that you're resigning from your current position
  • your notice period as per employment contract and your last day (if unsure, just state notice period)
  • pleasantries so the letter comes off as being positive 

4. Keep It Short and Simple

If you've had a good relationship with your employer, it doesn't hurt to add some extra gratitude. You can thank them, mention how the company has helped you, or even mention the next steps for handover. In some cases, you'd want to say where you're going next (if you've already secured that).

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Modern CV Resume & Cover Letter, a premium template from Envato Elements

On the flip side, if you've had a bad experience with the employer, avoid mentioning it here. Complaints and grievances have no place in a resignation letter. This can be discussed with HR or brought up in an exit survey.

It's not wrong to add as much as you want in this letter but keep it short. A one-page letter is more than enough.  

5. Print vs. Email

Are you going to be printing your resignation letter and handing it in person? Or are you going to be emailing over to your manager and HR representative? 

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CV Resume & Letter Template, a premium file from Envato Elements that looks perfect as a printed document or a PDF in an email.

If you're going to be printing it, pick a minimalistic template that would look good once printed. And if you're going to email it over, make a PDF of the document before you hit Send. In this case, you don't have to worry too much about how it'll look once printed. 

Discover More Top Microsoft Word Template Designs

Below are a few selections of resume templates in Microsoft Word. Check them out for inspiration and take that next step towards your dream job. There's no better time than now!

Common Microsoft Word Questions Answered (FAQ)

Questions are how you learn. Whether you're new to Word or have been using it a while, you likely have some questions. We've got your back! Here are common questions and answers so you can learn about Microsoft Word:

1. Can I Add a Border to my Resignation Letter Template in Word? 

Borders can add more visual interest to a plain page. It’s possible to add borders easily in Microsoft Word. Here's a detailed tutorial on how to add a border:

2. How Do I Edit my Letter of Resignation Template in Word?

There are several ways to edit the resignation letter text in Microsoft Word. For a list of the different ways to edit Word text, read this tutorial:

3. What Are Some Tips to Become a Microsoft Pro?

One tip is to learn keyboard shortcuts. They can help save time. If you've got trouble remembering them, write down the keyboard shortcuts that you think you’d use the most often. Here's a list of common Microsoft Word keyboard shortcuts:

4. Is There a Free Grammar and Spelling Checker in Microsoft Word?

Yes, there's a free grammar and spelling checker in Microsoft Word. This can be helpful for any document you create, whether it's for personal or professional use. For information on how to use the checker, read this article:

5. How Do I Convert from InDesign Format to Word Format?

Most people know how to use Microsoft Word. Fewer people know how to use InDesign. Fortunately, you can convert between the two

If you like an InDesign template, you don’t have to give up on using that template. Read this article for an in-depth tutorial on how to convert an InDesign template to a Word template:

Learn More About Making Great Word Documents in 2022

If you're new to Microsoft Word, pin this MS Word Beginner's Tutorial Guide to your favorites. There are loads of simple tutorials to help you work through various questions you may have as you use MS Word.

Here are three example tutorials:

Get a Premium Resignation Letter Template Word Format Today!

There are loads of free sample resignation letters on the web. But most free resignation letters found online only focus on the format and text. The design elements on these templates are minimal or nonexistent. 

Do you want to resign right by using a well-designed premium letter template? Start by exploring Envato Elements. An active Envato Elements membership unlocks tons of professional creative assets. Easily download any cover letter template for MS Word and use it as a resignation letter. 

Do you want to test premium Word files before signing up for a subscription? Check out GraphicRiver's pay-per-download model. Select, download and use a premium cover letter template in Word

Download your resignation letter template in Word from Envato Elements or GraphicRiver now. It's time to resign! 

Editorial Note: This post has been updated with contributions from Sarah Joy. Sarah is a freelance instructor for Envato Tuts+.

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