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Use mail merge for mass mailings and more

Elements of mail merge: main document, data file, and finished set of documents

In any mail merge, you'll deal with three different elements: the main document that you start with; information, such as names and addresses, that you want to merge into the main document to create a set of unique documents (this information is stored in a file such as a Microsoft Office Excel worksheet or a Microsoft Office Outlook® contacts list); the finished set of documents.

Later in the course we'll get into the nuts and bolts of how to perform a mail merge. Before we do that, though, it's important to step back and take a quick look at each of the separate elements in a mail merge. Understanding these elements will help you get the merge results you want and expect.

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