Microsoft Word/Mail Merge


Hi Suzanne - I am trying to merge addresses in an Excel workbook into label form in Word 2013.  I just did a successful merge with one of the spreadsheets in the workbook.  When I select a different spreadsheet in the same workbook as my recipient list for a separate merge, I still get the data from the original spreadsheet.  So I copied the spreadsheet I'm trying to merge into a separate workbook.  When I start a new merge, select the recipient list, and browse to the location of the new workbook, it says to select the table, so I do.  Then another "select the table" dialogue box comes up with no table listed in it, so I click OK, and it says "Word was unable to open the data source".  I have tried the mail merge wizard and doing it manually, but it's the same either way.  help...   Thanks,  Dawn

Mail merge is not really my specialty, but in some versions of Word (though I thought perhaps later ones had gotten around it), only the first sheet in an Excel workbook was accessible as a data source. I'm not sure why you're having the issues you're having if you've moved the data to another workbook, though. The only thing I can suggest is that you look at and see if there is any respect in which your procedure differs from what Graham describes (the screen shots are from Word 2007, but the procedure would be the same in Word 2013).

Sorry I can't be more helpful, but I'm actually still running mail merges from Word 2003, which works just the way I expect it to!
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

Rotary Club of Fairhope, Friends of the Fairhope Public Library

B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

Awards and Honors
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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