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Using Mail Merge on a old Word Doc
 
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JWeldon
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:56 pm    Post subject: Using Mail Merge on a old Word Doc Reply with quote

I have a word doc that I want to add mail merges into (since the previous mailmerge from word did not tranfer over). BUT im having the hardest time adding it to this doc. Can anyone help...
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pluby
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This particular forums is for reporting bugs and/or problems in NeoOffice 3.3 Beta 2 that did not occur in NeoOffice 3.2.1.

Since you say that you are coming from Microsoft Word, your post appears to be a request for a tutorial on using NeoOffice's mail merge features so the only help I can provide is a link to this third-party mail merge tutorial here.

This tutorial is for OpenOffice.org, but all versions of NeoOffice are based on OpenOffice.org.

Hope that helps.

Patrick
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sardisson
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's also this guide in the NeoWiki. It's a few years old, but I think the basics are still the same (it's been 6+ months since I've done a mail merge, so I'd have to spend some time checking).

In particular, since you're updating an existing document, the "DIY Form Letters" section is probably useful.

Smokey

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pluby
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One other recommendation that I have is to focus on finding where Word stored your list of data to merge. Like how NeoOffice has separate "data sources" that you use for your template document, your Word template document got the data to merge from somewhere.

If Word was drawing the data from your Mac OS X address book, then the tutorial that I linked to should work as NeoOffice can merge documents using the Mac OS X address book. However, if you copied your Word document over from a Windows machine or an older Mac OS X machine, you will likely need to search your old machine for where Word stored your data to merge.

Patrick
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JWeldon
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:49 am    Post subject: Mail Merge Reply with quote

I followed all the steps that the wiki had and just decided to do a new Mail Merge-Neo office that I found deom "General McLane School District" and it asked for me to create a new database, which i did.. Now its saying that the "field ' already exists" ...


We use mail merge to write out leases so the fields are based on tenant information. Do you think i need to just create a whole new doc in NEO and conduct the merge that way?

I attached a print screen
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Mail Merge Reply with quote

JWeldon wrote:
We use mail merge to write out leases so the fields are based on tenant information. Do you think i need to just create a whole new doc in NEO and conduct the merge that way?


We cannot give you such advice as we do not know your data nor is this our services geared to suggesting solutions.

JWeldon wrote:
I attached a print screen


I really don't know what we are supposed to see in your screen snapshot as it only shows the standard "Create table" of the Base Table Wizard dialog.

To be honest, I really don't think we can provide the type of service that you need. I think you need a solutions expert and, due to our very limited engineering staff, we only are able to fix specific bugs that our users can provide reproducible steps for. The "specific bugs" that we can fix is generally limited to things like NeoOffice behaves differently than OpenOffice.org after a certain set of up steps or NeoOffice crashes or hangs after a certain set of stops.

Since I assume that that you paid in the hope that we could provide more services that we aren't able to provide, we can give you a refund of your payment.

Patrick
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