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Important This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
When you use the mail merge feature in Microsoft Word 2002, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
Some parts of your merged document may be missing.
Merge fields in your main document do not merge data as expected from your data source to the merged document.
The merged document may appear to be corrupted or damaged.
Note If you merge to a new document, save the file, and then preview the document in the Open dialog box, the merged document appears to be complete. (On the File menu, click Open and then click Preview on the Views menu. )
The problem may occur after you install a particular hotfix on a Microsoft Windows 2000-based computer or on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer. This hotfix is described in the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
830346 Overview of the Word 2002 Security Patch: November 11, 2003
How to obtain the hotfix
This issue is fixed in the Word 2002 post-Service Pack 3 Hotfix Package May 5, 2004. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
830807 Word 2002 post-Service Pack 3 hotfix package: May 5, 2004
After you install this hotfix, follow the steps that are listed in the "More Information" section of this article to set the AllowFieldCorruptionRepair registry key and to activate the hotfix.
Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
To activate this hotfix, follow these steps.
Note Use this registry setting only to fix damaged or corrupted documents. After all the damaged or corrupted documents have been repaired, deactivate (turn off) the AllowFieldCorruptionRepair registry key.