How to create a Data Source in Microsoft Word 2010

Most of the time you will need to use content from an address book directly on letters or envelopes. Just so that you don’t have to go through the hassle of opening two different applications simultaneously MS Word 2010 offers with a way of creating a data source and directly pasting information from it on to your letters and other word documents.
In this tutorial you will specifically learn how to create a Data Source in Microsoft Word 2010.


Step # 1 – Creating a Table

In order To create a data source, you will firstly need to type out the information you would like to use. Let’s suppose you want to insert the data in a tabular format. To be able to do so, you must initially go to the insert tab and click on the option titled ‘Table’ and select a particular table format from the list given. In this case, for example, you have selected the 6×1 table.

add data in tabular form

Step # 2- Completing information in tables

Once you have added a table according to your preference, you will need a heading on each column in order to assign it to a specific set of data. You must now add a table in the first row which will comprise of various fields such as, first name, last name, address, city, state and zip code. In order to insert a new row, all you must do is hit the tab key on the left hand side of your keyboard. Furthermore, you will now have to provide details of various recipients under the given fields in your tale.
Once you are done inserting all the required data, you will need to save it. Click on ‘save’ and assign this document a title or name. Let’s suppose, you saved this file under the name ‘contacts for letter’ and saved it in ‘word document’ type.

feed data into the table

Step # 3- Starting Mail Merge

In order to start Mail Merge, you must Open a blank document, and go to the ‘Mailings’ tab. Here you will find the ‘Start Mail Merge’ option ,where you will be required to click on the drop down arrow given on the same tab. You will now need to Select the first option given here titled ‘Letters’ since we are working on letters.

work with letters using mail merge option 

<strong>Step # 4- Editing the recipients list</strong></p>
<p>Now you will need to insert contact information for recipients whom you wish to send the letter in question to or use a previously created contacts list. You must click on the button titled ‘Select Recipients’ and select ‘Use Existing List’. You can choose the required list from the various previously created contact lists, and click ‘open’ in order to view the file.</p>
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Step # 5 – Using Mail Merge Recipients

Once you have clicked on the option ‘Use existing list’, a new button will appear in the mail merge options titled ‘Edit Recipients list’. In order to view the data entered for various contacts, you are required to select this option. You can now select specific contacts that you would like to add in the list of recipients for the letter being sent out via mail merge.

use the created list