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MS Word mail merge/excel file difficulties

by jetbugs / January 14, 2009 11:52 PM PST

I am creating a directory of people's names and contact information. I am using the mail merge in MS Word 2002 to print to individual "labels". I need to actually use two different databases to create two lists of names. The problem is that the two lists can't seem to co-exist in the same document together. I get all kinds of error messages because the data field titles aren't the same or are the same or something in each excel file.

I've been using a third file where I mail merge to, cut and paste that in to the master file which worked once and now I can't get back in to edit without completely starting over.

Is there an easier way to do this? I think I'm wasting the time I'm donating to this non-profit!

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Use a different Word document for each source.
by Kees Bakker / January 15, 2009 2:42 AM PST

I see no need for a "one and only one document" requirement.


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Use a different Word document for each source.
by jetbugs / January 15, 2009 3:26 AM PST

By no need for "one and only one document" do you mean not needing my master document? It has a cover page, contact information for the organization and then contains the two lists of people within it. Or it did once. Now it's annoyed that the second list contains different information than the first list and won't run.

Is there a way to have the cover page/contact info be one file, the first list a second file, the third list a third file and then could they somehow all get printed out together and become one large file I can convert to a .pdf?

Because I did put use one document for each of the merged files (making that 2 total) and then just cut and pasted them in to the document.

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Re: merging
by Kees Bakker / January 15, 2009 4:18 PM PST

Yes, you can mail-merge directly to a printer, and you can mail-merge to file.

So my idea is, you've got three files:
1. Header document
2. Mail-merge master document for spreadsheet 1.
3. Mail-merge master document for spreadsheet 2.
Use Word to mailmerge document 2 to document 2a and save that.
Same for document 3; make document 3a.

Then, still in Word, open document 1, append document 2a at end, append document 3a at the end. Save the total document. Or even simpler, define a master document consisting of subdocuments docs 1, 2a and 3a (see, saving you the manipulation of those files.


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by jetbugs / January 25, 2009 4:30 AM PST
In reply to: Re: merging

Thanks that was helpful and got rid of the error messages. Now I have some wierd formatting issues that I can't seem to get rid of. Mainly that I have the subdocument title and then it has to begin a new page before it starts the subdocument. So I have one page with the title, the rest of the page blank and then the document on the next page. I checked formatting and there is no "new page" or anything like that. I'll try to shrink the font next to see if that helps.

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Add a document in between?
by Kees Bakker / January 25, 2009 7:11 AM PST
In reply to: merging

Should contain a title and a new page or so.


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one problem solved, another created
by jetbugs / January 25, 2009 8:17 AM PST

Turns out the section break needed to be on its own line instead of right after the subdocument title. That solved the almost empty page problem. Now that subdocument is stuck over far enough to the right that some of the data is falling off the edge of the paper. It looks normal in the source document but I can't figure out the formatting of the new master document where it's going wrong. Subdocument 1 is good, number 2's margins are messed up.

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