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Chapter 23. 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, and a printer. You have a database of names and addresses, most likely in an Outlook Contacts list, but possibly in the form of an Access database, an Excel list, or a simple text file in tab- or comma-delimited format. 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 Mail Merge Wizard walks you through six steps, each of which is neatly labeled at the bottom of the Mail Merge task pane (we provide additional details and useful suggestions for each of these steps in the rest of this chapter). The following six descriptions match up with each of the numbered steps in the Mail Merge task pane.


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