Chapter 18. Performing Mail and Data Merges

In this chapter

Understanding Mail Merges 564

Performing a Letter Merge with the Mail Merge Wizard 565

Selecting a Main Document Type 568

Selecting a Data Source 571

Preparing the Main Document 579

Inserting Merge Fields 580

Filtering and Sorting the Data 585

Previewing and Printing the Merge 590

Creating Custom Merges with Word Fields 593

Troubleshooting 598

Understanding Mail Merges

Mail merge combines a main document with a list of database records to create customized copies of the main document for each record. The most common type of mail merge, of course, is a mailing. Mail merging was originally developed to create form letters, like the kind you probably get in your mailbox every day that address ...

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