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Learn Office 2011 for Mac OS X by Guy Hart-Davis

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Chapter 9. Creating Business Documents with Mail Merge

In this chapter, you learn how to use Word's powerful Mail Merge feature to create business documents such as form letters, catalogs, mailing labels, and envelopes. Each of these types of documents is built around a common core, the main document, into which you merge variable data contained in records in a data source such as an Excel workbook or an address book.

Mail merge may initially seem daunting, but it's a great way of saving time and effort—so if you can invest some time to come to grips with how mail merge works, you'll soon reap the rewards.

We'll start by running through how mail merge works and the six separate steps Word uses to set up and execute mail merges. We'll then go through ...

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