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Email salutations

According to here generally business emails should contain the same salutations as written letters and is a convention I usually adhere to but sometimes it does feel a but stuffy for email.
Occasionally I prefer to sign off with Kind regards rather than the more formal Yours sincerely/faithfully, etc.
What do others feel about this? Do you still use the more formal Dear Sir/Madam, etc or do you prefer to start with Hi or something else?

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Re: Email salutations

Hi and Kind regards usually as email always feels less formal than letters.
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Re: Email salutations

Hello. and  Regards, if to an "unknown" person/department
but on receipt of a reply...
Hello (name)    and generally Regards, or Kind Regards, depending on the "tone" of the content of the email(s)
Likewise signing off... Mr.... or first name and last name,  _______________ . . _______________________
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Re: Email salutations

Hi <name> to start and Regards to finish with my name under it.
However, I layout email as if writing a formal letter <correct punctuation, spelling, paragraphs and spacing> I don't see why emails should be any less easy to read than any other written article.
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Re: Email salutations

Hi & Best Regards - guess an old fashioned signature Smiley
@Petlew - I do the same. Always run spell check before sending an email - guess I should do the same on this forum as well!
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Re: Email salutations

I leave the spellchecker permanently switched on and correct as I go along.in email, MS Word etc and PN PM's.
In fact as some members will corroborate I deal with PM's in just the same way as any other written article.
Experience; is something you gain, just after you needed it most.

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Re: Email salutations

PS. Its not a matter of OTT exacting standards, I prefer to write in the same way I like to receive them.
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Re: Email salutations

I'm normally one for "Hi James" or "Dear James".
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Re: Email salutations

Depends who I'm emailing, why and my mood on the matter.
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Re: Email salutations

For me it's normally Hi (Name) and Regards or Best Wishes. if I want to be a little more formal it's Good morning (Name) or Good afternoon (name).  I emailed my GP this morning and started Good Morning David, and finished Regards.
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Re: Email salutations

When addressing British Gas Help Desk:
Darling Support Person
blah blah
Much love,
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