Error message: Cannot send catalog merge document directly to mail, fax, or printer

When you attempt to merge a catalog mail merge main document to a printer, to electronic mail, or to electronic fax in Microsoft Word, the following error message appears:

You cannot send a catalog created by merging documents directly to mail, fax, or a printer.


The error message occurs because you must merge a catalog to a new document before you can print it or send it in e-mail.


To work around this problem, follow these steps:

  1. Open the catalog main document.

  2. On the Mail Merge toolbar, click Merge to new document.

After the merge has completed to a new document, you can send the merged document to a printer, electronic mail, or electronic fax.


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