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Chapter 16. Creating and Managing Data f... > Creating Your Own Data Sources

Creating Your Own Data Sources

The Mail Merge Helper allows you the flexibility to create your own data sources from a wide range of applications. You can create a data source from a Word document, spreadsheet application, database file, or some other external application. The obvious benefit to you is that you can create your data source in a familiar application and then use the data to create multiple documents in Word.

Managing Data

Word dialog boxes and the Mail Merge Helper refer to the object containing data as the data source. The data source can be in a wide variety of common PC formats, such as Word documents, Excel worksheets, or dBASE-compatible database files. The data source can be on your PC, or reside on another computer to which Word is linked via a network. You can also use data from a large database application, such as Oracle or SQL Server. Word can retrieve just the part of the database it needs from these larger databases.


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