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This article describes how to use the mail merge feature in Word to createlabels. A mail merge involves merging a main document with a data source. Amain document contains the text and other items that remain the same ineach label. A data source contains the information that changes in eachlabel, such as the name and address of each recipient.
Merge fields, which you insert into the main document, instruct Word whereto print information from the data source. When you perform the mail merge,Word replaces merge fields in the main document with information from thedata source. Each row (or record) in the data source produces a individuallabel.
The following procedure demonstrates how to perform a mail merge to createlabels.
Step 1: Main Document
Start a new document to create a new label, or open an existing documentused previously to merge labels.
Open the document in Word. On the Tools menu, click Mail Merge. The Mail Merge Helper dialog box appears.
Under "1. Main Document," click Create, and then click Mailing Labels.
Click Active Window. The active document becomes the Mail Merge main document.
Word returns to the Mail Merge Helper.
Step 2: Data Source
The data source contains the information that can vary in each label.You can open an existing data source created in Word, or you can create anew data source and fill in the addressee information.
NOTE: The data source can also be created in another program suchas Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Access, or you can use a personal addressbook created in Microsoft Exchange or Schedule+, or you can use an ASCIItext file, or another delimited file.
Under "2. Data Source," click Get Data.
The options are to create a new data source, open an existing data source, or Header Options. If you are using Word 7.0 or Word 98 Macintosh Edition, use Address Book is also available.
Use the appropriate method for the type of data source you want to use:
Method 1: Create a New Data Source:
The Create Data Source dialog box appears with a list of field names commonly used in form letters, mailing labels, and envelopes. You can rename the fields and remove the fields you don't need. To add field names, type the name in the Field Name box, and then click Add Field Name. Click OK when you're done.
Word prompts you to save the data source.
Name the file and click OK.
Word displays a message with the options Edit Data Source and Edit Main Document.
Click Edit Data Source.
The Data Form dialog box is displayed for you to enter your addressee information. If there's no information for a particular field, leave the box blank.
The set of information in each form makes up one data record.
After entering the information for a record, click Add New to move to the next record. After adding all of your data, click OK.
On the Tools menu, click Mail Merge. The Mail Merge Helper dialog box appears.
Skip to the "Step 3--Edit Main Document" section later in this article.
Method 2: Open an Existing Data Source:
In the Mail Merge Helper dialog box, click Get Data.
Click Open Data Source.
From the list of files in the dialog box, select the data source you want to use, and then click OK. If the data source you want is not in the list of files, click the appropriate drive and directory. Then select the appropriate option in the List Files of Type box. Word then displays a message to set up the main document.
Click Set Up Main Document.
Skip to the "Step Three--Edit Main Document" section later in this article.
Method 3: Use Address Book (Word 7.0 and Word 98 Macintosh Edition):
In the Mail Merge Helper dialog box, click Get Data and select Use Address Book.
The Use Address Book dialog box appears with the available address books listed under "Choose Address Book."
Select the Address Book you want to use as your data source.
Word may prompt you to confirm the data source if Confirm Conversions is selected as an option.
If you are using an a address book or contact list from Schedule+, Word prompts you to log on to Schedule+ and provide a password if necessary.
If you use an address book from Exchange, Word prompts you to log on to the Exchange services.
Word displays a message to set up the main document.
Click Set Up Main Document.
Skip to the "Step Three: Edit Main Document" section later in this article.
Step 3: Edit Main Document
Word displays the Label Options dialog box. Click the type of printer (dot matrix/laser), the type of label product (such as Avery), and product number. If you are using a custom label, click Details and enter the size of the label.
Word displays the Create Label dialog box. The insertion point is blinking in the box under Sample Label. This is where you insert the merge fields to represent where on the label Word should print the information from the data source.
Click Insert Merge Field in the Create Label dialog box. Click the appropriate merge field.
Make sure you type any spaces or punctuation you want between two merge fields or after a merge field.
When you have finished placing the merge fields on the sample label, click OK.
This step returns you to the Mail Merge Helper.
Step 4: Perform the Merge
Under "3. Merge the Data with the Document," click Merge Word displays the Merge dialog box. (Choosing the Query option instead of Merge gives you the option to select certain data records to participate in the merge or to sort the records in the data source.)
Under Merge To, click New Document to display the merged document on the screen. This allows you to view the labels before printing them. (Select Printer to send the labels directly to the printer.)
With New Document selected in Merge To, click Merge.
Once the merged document appears on the screen, you can save this as a separate document, or you can send the merged document to the printer by clicking Print on the File menu.
Online Help Topics
For more information about mail merge in Word 98 Macintosh Edition, clickContents and Index on the Help menu. (In Word 7.0, click Microsoft WordHelp Topics on the Help menu. In Word 6.x, click "Search for Help on" onthe Help menu.) Click the Index tab, and type "Mail Merge" in the searchwindow. The applicable topics will be listed for you to choose from. Selecta topic and click Display.
Or, in Word 98 Macintosh Edition, click the Office Assistant, type "mailmerge," click Search, and then click to view the "Print or send a mail-merge document" topic.
NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on theStandard toolbar. If Word Help is not installed on your computer, pleasesee the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component
Examples and Demos (Word 6.x)
To access the Help topics that contain demos, first click Examples AndDemos on the Help menu. From the list of Examples And Demos categories,select the category you want, such as Mail Merge, to produce a furtherbreakdown of topics. Click the desired topic at this level to producean Examples And Demos screen for this topic.
"Microsoft Word for Windows User's Guide," version 6.0, Chapter 29,"Mail Merge: Step by Step".
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