Did you notice that the commands in the Mailings tab become available as you step through the wizard?
The Ribbon is also a handy way to do a mail merge and the process is very similar to the steps in the wizard. Using the Ribbon, you'll have access to more features, such as automatic checking, which looks for errors before you complete the merge. There are also advanced elements, such as using fields to perform actions or calculations within the main document.
The commands you use on the Mailings tab are in these four groups:
Start Mail Merge
This is beginning point where you pick a document type and then select, create, or edit the recipient list.
Write & Insert Fields
Here's where you can insert the merge fields, match your fields, and use Rules
to perform actions in your documents.
Besides viewing the individual merged documents, you can use an automatic error checking feature.
Complete the merge and combine your individual documents into one comprehensive document, or print them out, or send them electronically.
You'll get a chance to use the Mailings tab and create a more complex merge in the next mail merge course, Mail merge II: Use the Ribbon and perform a complex mail merge.