Field codes: Next field

The Next field instructs Word to merge the next data record (data record: A complete set of related information that corresponds to one row of information in the data source. All information about one client in a client mailing list is an example of a data record.) into the current merged document, rather than starting a new merged document. Use the Next field to print a specific number of data records in a single merged document.

If your goal is to list information from several data records in the same document, such as a membership directory or a price list, don't use the Next field. Instead, select Directory as the main document type when you start the mail merge.



When you view the Next field in your document, the syntax looks like this:

{ NEXT }

 Note   A field code tells the field what to show. Field results are what’s shown in the document after having evaluated the field code. To toggle between viewing the field code and the field code results, press Alt+F9.


You can use the Next field in a document or as part of a mail merge.

To use the Next field in a document, do the following:

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Quick Parts, and then click Field.
  1. In the Field names list, select Next.
  2. Click OK.

To use the Next field as part of a mail merge, while you are setting up the mail merge, do the following:

  • On the Mailings tab, in the Write & Insert Fields group, click Rules, and then click Next Record.


The following example uses a Next field to advise recipients of the starting time of an appointment that follows their own.

Your appointment is from { MERGEFIELD "AppointmentStartTime" } to { MERGEFIELD "AppointmentEndTime" }. Your advisor has another appointment that begins promptly at { NEXT }{ MERGEFIELD "AppointmentStartTime" }, so please plan your time accordingly.

If the data source for this merge is sorted by AppointmentStartTime in ascending order, the resulting document looks like this:

Your appointment is from 10:00 to 10:55. Your advisor has another appointment that begins promptly at 11:00, so please plan your time accordingly.

Applies to:
Word 2013, Word 2010, Word 2007