Understanding Mail Merges

Before you start the mail merge process, you need to understand the two documents that make up a mail merge:

  • Main document ” This is the actual document that you are producing. It can be a form letter or label. The main document contains the text and formatting that stays the same for each copy of the letter, as well as merge fields , which "hold places" that tell Word where to insert individual pieces of information from the data source .

  • Data source ” This is the file that contains the data you will merge into the main document. It is organized into records , one for each recipient. Each record is composed of individual fields for specific pieces of information, such as first name, last name , address, and so on.

Sams Teach Yourself Office Productivity All in One
Sams Teach Yourself Office Productivity All in One (Sams Teach Yourself All in One)
ISBN: 0672325349
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 474
Authors: Greg Perry

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