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Chapter 8. Creating Mail Merge Documents > Importing Data from a Database

Importing Data from a Database

Now it is time to specify the recipients for your mail merge. To do so, you must identify a data document as the source of the recipient information you will use to personalize the mailing. If you have an existing database of information to work with, this is the easiest method. The mail merge works with most standard database and spreadsheet programs including Microsoft Access, Microsoft FoxPro, and Microsoft Excel. Before you can import data into the Mail Merge Wizard from an external database, you must first export it from the database you are using. Follow the instructions for that database to export a file in either comma or tab delimited format, and remember which format you chose. Export the file to the My Data Sources folder in the My Documents folder.


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