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Chapter 17. Merging Data and Documents > Using Mail Merge to Personalize Form L...

Using Mail Merge to Personalize Form Letters

By far the most common mail merge scenario involves a form letter, a database (page 148), and a printer. You have a database of names and addresses, most likely in simple tab-delimited format, but possibly in the form of an Access database, Excel list, or Outlook Contacts list. And you have a form letter (or at least an idea of what you want to write). That's all you need: In Word-speak, you have a data source and a main merge document. The rest is just juggling.

The general procedure goes like this (we'll provide additional details and important suggestions for each of these steps in the rest of this chapter):


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