Chapter 19. Assembling Documents with Merge

by Laura Acklen

In this chapter

Getting Familiar with Merge Terminology

Working with Data Files

Creating Data Files

Creating Form Files

Merging a Form Document with a Data File

Sorting and Selecting Records

Creating Fill-in-the-Blanks Forms

Troubleshooting

Getting Familiar with Merge Terminology

Everyone calls it a mail merge, but you can really pull together any type of information to produce any type of document. So, although you hear more about using the Merge feature to produce personalized letters, envelopes, and labels, it’s also a very powerful tool for organizing key pieces of information.

As the term suggests, a merge is a combination of information from two different sources. Typically, ...

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