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Microsoft Word/MS Word 2003 Mail Merge Produces extra blank pages


Glenn wrote at 2008-07-11 13:21:03
This happens when you use the File/Print function. If you use the print function that is part of the mail merge process, then the extra page does not print.

Josh Culbertson wrote at 2009-01-27 18:29:01
I've encountered this problem as well. One piece of advice I can give is to make sure the margins on your merge document aren't too close to the minimums. I know it sounds bizarre, but having a top margin which is below a certain width sometimes results in this error for me. See if changing top and bottom margins to 0.5 inches or greater deals with the error. My best guess has been that there's an issue with just where the Section Break (Next Page) ends up if those margins are too small, resulting in blank pages between your merge results.

Additionally, make sure that your Headers and Footers are NOT set to "Different odd and even" pages. I've noticed that this can sometimes produce the error, as well.

Flyingmonkeypants wrote at 2016-02-05 20:19:06
Thank you Josh.  "Different Odd and Even" pages for header/footer was checked and this was causing me to get a blank page after each document.

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