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Old March 21st, 2010, 08:12 PM posted to microsoft.public.word.mailmerge.fields
Michael[_49_]
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Default Merging from multiple data files

I'm fairly new to Word 2007 but what I would like to do is this:

Set up up a merge so that I first merge data from one data file, then
switch to a second & merge its data and then to a third & merge its data.

Is this possible or will I have to perform three separate merges into
three word files and then combine them.

TIA

Michael
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Old March 21st, 2010, 09:13 PM posted to microsoft.public.word.mailmerge.fields
Peter Jamieson
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Default Merging from multiple data files

Is this possible

The facility is not available "out of the box", so...

or will I have to perform three separate merges into
three word files and then combine them.


....yes, you probably will. The obvious alternative is to combine the
three data sources into a single data source that you then use as your
merge data source, but
a. precisely how you might do that would depend on what your data
sources were (e.g., in some cases, you might be able to use Word VBA's
OpenDataSource command to issue some SQL that would do a UNION of your
data sources or some such) and
b. 3 merges that work, plus a combining step, is likely to be more
reliable than an attempt to combine your 3 data sources using the
facilities available to Word.

Peter Jamieson

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On 21/03/2010 19:12, Michael wrote:
I'm fairly new to Word 2007 but what I would like to do is this:

Set up up a merge so that I first merge data from one data file, then
switch to a second & merge its data and then to a third & merge its data.

Is this possible or will I have to perform three separate merges into
three word files and then combine them.

TIA

Michael

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Old March 21st, 2010, 09:52 PM posted to microsoft.public.word.mailmerge.fields
Michael[_49_]
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Default Merging from multiple data files

Many thanks Peter.
Michael


On 21/03/2010 20:13, Peter Jamieson wrote:
Is this possible


The facility is not available "out of the box", so...

or will I have to perform three separate merges into
three word files and then combine them.


...yes, you probably will. The obvious alternative is to combine the
three data sources into a single data source that you then use as your
merge data source, but
a. precisely how you might do that would depend on what your data
sources were (e.g., in some cases, you might be able to use Word VBA's
OpenDataSource command to issue some SQL that would do a UNION of your
data sources or some such) and
b. 3 merges that work, plus a combining step, is likely to be more
reliable than an attempt to combine your 3 data sources using the
facilities available to Word.

Peter Jamieson

http://tips.pjmsn.me.uk

On 21/03/2010 19:12, Michael wrote:
I'm fairly new to Word 2007 but what I would like to do is this:

Set up up a merge so that I first merge data from one data file, then
switch to a second & merge its data and then to a third & merge its data.

Is this possible or will I have to perform three separate merges into
three word files and then combine them.

TIA

Michael

 




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