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When you perform a mail merge in Microsoft Office Word 2003 by using the Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 Contacts folder as the source for the mail merge, Word 2003 will search all the mounted personal folder (.pst) files in Outlook 2003 for Contacts folders. This search may take longer than expected, depending on the size and the number of .pst files that are mounted in Outlook 2003.
This problem was first fixed in a hotfix that is now contained in a service pack. If you installed the latest Office 2003 service pack, you do not have to install the hotfix.
Service pack information
This problem is corrected in Office 2003 Service Pack 2.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Office 2003. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
870924 How to obtain the latest service pack for Office 2003
How to obtain the hotfix
This issue is fixed in the Microsoft Office 2003 Hotfix Package August 20, 2004. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
840656 Description of the Office 2003 post-Service Pack 1 hotfix package: August 20, 2004
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Office 2003 Service Pack 2.