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Old May 24th, 2010, 04:14 PM posted to microsoft.public.word.mailmerge.fields
DJA
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Default Format of datasource Document

In Word 2000 the datasource document showed up where you could see everything
as you were entering it (i.e. each field appeared under the other). In 2007
it shows up in an excel type format where you have to tab across. Is there
any way to view it like the old format? It is much easier to see what you
are doing that way.
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Old May 24th, 2010, 06:54 PM posted to microsoft.public.word.mailmerge.fields
Peter Jamieson
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Default Format of datasource Document

The type of data editing form that Word displays depends on the data source.

In Word 2000, when you created a data source from within Word's
MailMerge function, the data source would be saved as a table within a
Word document. If you connect to a data source in that format in Word
2007 and try to edit it within the mailmerge Edit Recipients dialog, you
should see the same type of data form as you had in Word 2000.

However, in Word 2002 and later, when you create a data source within
Word's Mailmerge function, the data source is saved as a special type of
Access/Jet .mdb file. If you connect to a data source in that format in
Word 2007 and try to edit it, you see the excel type format you mention.
If you really want the old layout, you would have to convert your data
back to a format that would cause Word to use the old dialog box. I
don't think that using any of the older Word commands (e.g. via the
equivalent of Tools-Customize) changes that. If you really wanted to go
back, there are a couple of ways you could go, depending on how many
columns you actually have in your data sources, how many sources you
would need to convert, etc.


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On 24/05/2010 16:14, dja wrote:
In Word 2000 the datasource document showed up where you could see everything
as you were entering it (i.e. each field appeared under the other). In 2007
it shows up in an excel type format where you have to tab across. Is there
any way to view it like the old format? It is much easier to see what you
are doing that way.

 




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