Chapter 27

Mail Merge Mania

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding mail merge

arrow Building the main document

arrow Conjuring up a recipient list

arrow Making a recipient list

arrow Inserting fields into the main document

arrow Merging (the final act)

Here’s a little quiz: What do these things have in common? Rocket science. Quantum mechanics. Brain surgery. Levitation. The answer: They’re all a lot easier to accomplish on your own than by using mail merge in Word. I’m not saying that mastering mail merge is impossible. True, it’s an ancient word processing tradition — something that just about everyone toys with at one time or another. Yet the way Word handles mail merge has been traditionally and consistently frustrating. That’s why I wrote this chapter.

About Mail Merge

The term mail merge is given to the process of opening a single document, stirring in a list of names and other information, and then combining (merging) ...

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