Section 4. Selecting a Data Source

Word can pull data for a mail merge from a variety of data source types. Because Word is part of the Office suite, it's only natural that mail merge readily accepts data from Outlook, Excel, Access, Microsoft Works Database, and even other Word files (provided the data is in a formatted table). It also accepts data from a wide variety of other non-Microsoft sources too, including dBASE, Paradox, and Lotus 1-2-3, as well as from delimited data files. Or, if the data source you need does not already exist, you can create a new data source via Word's own interface.

Understanding Delimited Data

A delimited data file is one that represents multiple columns without actually having any column lines. The break between ...

Get Mail and Data Merges Using Word 2007 now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.