How to mail merge from Excel to Word

Mail Merge from Excel to Word can be a real time-saver when it comes to sending large mailings. It lets you quickly create custom letters, emails or mailing labels in Word by merging the information you already have in your Excel spreadsheet. This tutorial provides an overview of the main features and explains how to do a mail merge from Excel step-by-step.

Mail Merge from Excel to Word

Mail Merge basics

Doing a mail merge may look like a daunting task, but in fact the process is pretty simple.

It may help to get the insight, if you think of the mail merge process in terms of 3 documents.

  1. Word mail merge document with codes for the personalized fields.
  2. Excel mail merge source file with information about the recipients, one row for each recipient.
  3. The final Word document with the personalized letters, emails, envelops etc.

The goal of the mail merge is to combine the data in File 1 and File 2 to create File 3.

Preparing the Excel spreadsheet for Mail Merge

When you run a mail merge, your Excel file will get connected to your Word mail merge document, and Microsoft Word will be pulling the recipients' names, addresses and other details directly from your Excel worksheet.

So, before starting the merge in Word, make sure your Excel file has all the information you want to include such as first names, last names, salutations, zip codes, addresses, etc. If you want to add more contacts or other information, you'd better make the changes or additions in your Excel sheet now before running the mail merge.

Important things to check:

  • The columns in your Excel sheet should match the fields you want to use when doing a mail merge. For instance, if you want to address your readers by the first name, be sure to create separate columns for first and last names. If you want to sort the recipients by state or city, verify that you have a separate State or City column.
  • If your Excel file includes dates, times, currency values, or postal codes that begin or end in 0, see how to correctly format mail merge numbers, dates and currency.
  • If you create an Excel spreadsheet by importing information from a .csv or a .txt file, then use the Text Import Wizard, as explained in Importing CSV files into Excel.
  • If you want to export Outlook contacts, the following article may be helpful - How to export Outlook contacts to Excel.

How to mail merge from Excel to Word

When your Excel spreadsheet is set up and reviewed, you are ready to run the mail merge. In this example, we will be merging the letter with a recipient list in Word 2010. If you are using Word 2013 or Word 2016, the steps will be exactly the same.

  1. If you have already composed your letter, you can open an existing Word document, otherwise create a new one.
  2. Choose what kind of merge you want to run. Switch to the Mailings tab > Start Mail Merge group, and select the mail merge type - letters, email messages, labels, envelopes or documents. We are choosing Letters.

    Choose what kind of mail merge you want to run.

  3. Select the recipients. On the Mailings tab, click Select Recipients > Use Existing List.

    Select the recipients.

  4. Connect your Excel spreadsheet and Word document. By setting the connection between your Excel sheet and the Word document you ensure that your mail merge data source will be automatically updated each time you make changes to the Excel file that contains the recipients data.

    In the Select Data Source dialog, browse to your Excel sheet and click Open. If Word prompts you to select a table, do this and click OK.

    connect your Excel spreadsheet to the Word mail merge document you are creating.

  5. If you want to include only some of your Excel entries, then click the Edit Recipient List button in the Start Mail Merge group.

    click the edit recipient List button if you want to include only some of the recipients.

    The Mail Merge Recipients dialog opens and you check or uncheck checkboxes to add or remove the recipients from the mail merge.

    Use checkboxes to add or remove the recipients from the mail merge.

    Tip. You can also sort, filter and dedupe the recipients list as well as validate the email addresses by clicking the corresponding option under the Refine Recipients List section.

    Okay, we are finished with the recipients list and you are ready to start on the letter. Type the text as you usually do in a Word document or copy/paste from an external source.

  6. Add placeholders. Now you need to add placeholders for the Address Block and Greeting Line for Mail Merge to know exactly where to add the data. To add a placeholder, click the corresponding button on the ribbon Mailing > Write & Insert Fields.
    Add placeholders for the Address Block and Greeting Line.

    Depending on the placeholder you are adding, a dialog box will appear with various options. Select the desired options, verify the results under the Preview section and click OK. You can use the right and left arrows to switch to the next or previous recipient's preview.
    Verify the results under the Preview section and click OK.

    When done, the corresponding placeholder will appear in your document, as shown in the screenshot below:

    The placeholders will appear in a Word document.

    For some letters, adding only the Address block and Greeting line will suffice. When the letter is printed out, all the copies will be identical except for the recipients' names and addresses.

    In other cases you may wish to place the recipient's data within the letter text to personalize it further. To do this, click Insert Merge Field and choose the data you want to insert from the drop-down list.
    Click Insert Merge Field and choose the data you want to insert

  7. Preview the letter. To make sure the recipients data correctly appear in the letter, click the Preview Results button on the Mailing tab.
    Preview the letter.

    You can use the left and right arrows to view each letter with the recipient's data.
    use the left and right arrows to view each letter with the recipient's data.

  8. Finish Mail Merge. If you are happy with all the previews, head over to the Finish group and click the Finish & Merge button. Here you can choose to print the letters or send them as email messages.
    Click Print Documents to finish the merge and print the letters.

    If you want to make some edits before printing / emailing, click Edit Individual Documents. A new document will open and you will be able to make the desired changes in each particular letter.

  9. Save the mail merge document. You save the mail merge file as a usual Word document by clicking the Save button or pressing Ctrl+S.

    Once it is saved, the file will stay connected to your Excel mailing list. When you want to use the mail merge document again, open it and click Yes when Microsoft Word prompts you to retain that connection.
    click Yes to keep the connection between the Excel file and Word document.

    In addition to the Mail Merge options available on the ribbon that we've just discussed, Microsoft Excel provides exactly the same features in the form of the Mail Merge Wizard.

    You can start the wizard via Mailings tab > Start Mail Merge > Step-by-Step Mail Merge Wizard...
    Starting the Mail Merge Wizard

    Once clicked, the Mail Merge Wizard will open on the right of your screen and walk you through the merge process step-by-step.
    The Mail Merge pane can walk you through the merge process step-by-step.

In my opinion, working with the ribbon is more convenient because you can view all the merge options at once and quickly pick the needed one. However, if you are doing the mail merge for the first time, you may find the wizard's step-by-step guidance helpful.

How to mail merge with dates, currencies and other numbers

When doing a mail merge from Excel to Word, you need to pay special attention to numeric values such as dates, currency and numbers. This part of our mail merge tutorial will show you how to format such values properly.

Format zip codes and other values with zeros in Excel

To ensure that all of your numbers come through a mail merge without losing any leading zeros, you simply need to format the ZIP code column as text in the Excel worksheet. The same applies to any other numeric values with zeros.

  1. Select the ZIP code column, right-click it, and choose Format Cells... from the context menu.

    Select Format Cells... from the context menu.

  2. On the Number tab, select Text and then click OK.
    On the Number tab, select Text and then click OK.

Mail merge with dates and numbers using Dynamic Data Exchange

If your Excel spreadsheet contains dates, decimal numbers, or currencies, you can use Dynamic Data Exchange to make sure these values have the correct formatting after coming through the merge.

Before staring the mail merge, perform the following steps in Microsoft Word.

  1. Go to File > Options > Advanced.
  2. Scroll down to the General section, select the check box "Confirm file format conversion on open" and click OK.
    Select the "Confirm file format conversion on open" check box.

Start your mail merge, as explained earlier in the article - How to mail merge from Excel to Word. Because Dynamic Data Exchange is turned on, you may receive a few prompts, and you just click Yes or OK. The only difference from the usual mail merge will be selecting the Data Source. Please proceed with the following steps.

  1. When selecting the recipients, click Mailings > Select Recipients > Use an Existing List, as usual.
  2. Browse to your spreadsheet, double-click it, choose MS Excel Worksheets via DDE (*.xls), then click OK.
    browse TO your spreadsheet, double-click it and select MS Excel Worksheets via DDE (*.xls).

    Note. If the MS Excel Worksheets via DDE option is not available, check Show all box in the lower left-hand corner.
  3. Click Entire Spreadsheet, and OK.
    Click Entire Spreadsheet.

Now you can continue with your Excel mail merge in the usual way.

Tip. To prevent multiple prompts displayed by Word every time you open the data file, clear the "Confirm file format conversion on open" check box (Word Options >Advanced >General) after connecting to your mailing list.

Format date, time, number and currency during mail merge in Word

If you want to have the numbers, dates or currencies formatted in a different way than in your Excel mail merge source file, you can do this directly in a Word document.

  1. Select the merge field whose format you want to change. This can be Date, Currency, Percent or some other field.
  2. Press Shift+F9 to display the field coding. For example, if you have selected the Currency field, you should see something similar to this: {MERGEFIELD CURRENCY}.
  3. Add one of the picture switches provided below to the field. For example, if you want 3000 to appear as $3,000, you add \# $,0 and get the following field code: {MERGEFIELD CURRENCY\# $,0}.
  4. Press F9 to update the field. Then press Shift+F9 to view the result.

Format numbers, currency and percent

Numeric picture switch Full field code Example Description
\# 0 {MERGEFIELD CURRENCY\# 0} 3000 Rounded whole numbers
\# ,0 {MERGEFIELD CURRENCY\# ,0} 3,000 Rounded whole numbers with a thousand separator
\# ,0.00 {MERGEFIELD CURRENCY\# ,0.00} 3,000.00 Numbers with two decimal places and a thousand separator
\# $,0 {MERGEFIELD CURRENCY\# $,0} $3,000 Rounded whole dollar with a thousand separator
\# $,0.00 {MERGEFIELD CURRENCY\# $,0.00} $3,000.00 Dollar with two decimal places and a thousand separator
\# "$,0.00;($,0.00);'-'" {MERGEFIELD CURRENCY\# "$,0.00;($,0.00);'-'"} ($3,000.00) Dollar, with brackets around negative numbers and a hyphen for zero values (0)
\# 0.00% {MERGEFIELD PERCENT\# 0.00%} 1.00% Percent with two decimal places
\# 0% {MERGEFIELD PERCENT\# 0%} 1% Rounded whole percent
Tip. Instead of the Dollar sign ($), you can use any other currency signs, e.g.or £.

Format date and time

Similarly to numbers and currency, you add a picture switch to change the Date / Time field format. For example, to display a date as 20, May 2014 you add the following picture switch: \@"d, MMMM yyyy". The resulting field code will be like this: {MERGEFIELD Date\@"d, MMMM yyyy"}.

You can find a few more date/time picture switches in the table below.

Date/Time picture switch Example
\@"dd/MMM/yyyy" 20/May/2014
\@"d/MMM/yy"} 20/May/14
\@"d MMMM yyyy"} 20 May 2014
\@"d, MMMM yyyy" 20, May 2014
\@"dddd, d MMMM yyyy" Tuesday, 20 May 2014
\@"ddd, d MMMM yyyy" Tue, 20 May 2014
\@ "h:mm am/pm" 10:45 PM
\@ "HH:mm" 10:45
\@ "HH:mm:ss" 10:45:32
Tip. You can use any other d, M, y expressions for date and time, but remember that uppercase M denotes months and lowercase m is used for minutes.

Change the format of the current date and time

If you have added the DATE field that displays the current date and the TIME field that displays the current time to your mail merge document, you can change their format in a more visual way.

  1. Select the Date or Time field the format of which you want to change.
  2. Press Shift-F9 to display the field coding. If you have selected the date field, you should see something like this: {DATE \@ "M/d/yyyy"}.
  3. Right-click the field and choose Edit Field... from the context menu.
    Right-click the field and choose Edit Field from the context menu.
  4. In the Filed dialog, make sure the Field name is set to Date. Then select the desired format under Date formats and click OK.
    Select the desired date format under Date formats and click OK.
Tip. If you want to preserve formatting during updates, select the corresponding check box in the lower right-hand part of the dialog window.

Mail Merge shortcuts

If you need to do a mail merge from Excel to Word on a regular bases, learning a few shortcuts may save you some more time. All of the below shortcuts work in Microsoft Word 2016, 2013 and 2010. They might probably work in Word 2007 as well, though I have not tested in lower versions and cannot state this with certainty : )

Shortcut Description
Alt+F9 Switch between all field codes and their results in a mail merge document.
Shift+F9 Expose the coding of the selected field.
F9 Update the selected filed. Place the cursor anywhere in the field and press F9 to update it.
F11 Go to the next field.
Shift+F11 Go to the previous field.
Alt+Shift+e Edit the mail-merge document. Note, this will break the connection between your Excel file and Word document, as a result your mail merge source won't be automatically updated any longer.
Alt+Shift+f Insert a merge field from your mail merge source.
Alt+Shift+m Print the merged document.
Ctrl+F9 Insert an empty field.
Ctrl+F11 Lock a field. The field results won't be updated when the information in Excel's source file changes.
Ctrl+Shift+F11 Unlock a field. The field results will be updated again.
Ctrl+Shift+F9 Unlink a field. The field will be permanently removed from a document, replaced by its current value and from then on treated as normal text.
Alt+Shift+d Insert the DATE field that displays the current date.
Alt+Shift+p Insert the PAGE field that displays the page number.
Alt+Shift+t Insert the TIME field that displays the current time.
Alt+Ctrl+l Insert LISTNUM field.

Hopefully, this information has been helpful and now you know how to perform mail merge in Excel and Word properly. In the next article, we will investigate how to quickly make and print labels from Excel. Please stay tuned and thank you for reading!

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116 responses to "How to mail merge from Excel to Word"

  1. Jeff Pope says:

    Is there anyway to bring the colour of the excel cell over.?

    • Hi Jeff,

      Sorry, I do not exactly understand your question. If you want to have the color of your Excel cells automatically copied to a Word document during Mail Merge, this is not possible. If you are asking about something different, please explain in more detail. Thank you!

      • yunus says:

        I think he meant the color of the text set in Excel. I found this can't be done. Also the text formatting (italic, bold, underlined) transfer from Excel also is not possible. But you have option to use existing format of the paragraph, or not (using \* charformat to derive).

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jeff

    I want to personalize a letter with different case numbers.

  3. Kuldeep Kaushik says:

    My query is if i m preparing annual letters and few employeesare getting special allowance which i will reflect otjer than the sub heads of salary then while using if-then-else condition how different values can be merged.

  4. Jo59 says:

    Dear Svetlana,
    First, Congratulation for your great work !
    Just a question : Is there a way to personalize the object of the message when merging as email messages ? I mean having for example "Hi <>, <>" as message object ? I can't find it in dialog box ? Is it possible with a Macro or ???.
    Thanks in advance

  5. Jo59 says:

    I mean having for example "Hi #FirstName, #ObjMesForFirstname"

    #fields coming from list as #AdressBlock or #GreetingLine mentionned in your article

  6. JenJams says:

    If Excel has words in different colours, is it possible that once you've mailmerged it to Word the different colours will appear on the Word document please ?

  7. MaryBeth says:

    I am using Office 2013 at work. I have followed the steps for the DDE Dynamic Data Exchange. Whenever I select the Excel file I get an error message: "Something went wrong". It suggested I repair office, which I did and I still can not complete my mail merge. I am able to complete the same mail merge on my home computer with Office 2010. What can I do to use my Office 2013 to complete my mail merge?

  8. beth says:

    I have zero dollar amounts that I want to show as zero in my word merge. No matter how I format (currency, text, etc.), the zero value fields in word are blank. Help

  9. Serena Grayson says:

    How do I get a document (11x8.5), that has cards set 3 up on the page to change personalization records on each card?

    • Hello Serena,

      I am sorry, your task is not quite clear. Please describe it in more detail.

    • Allan says:

      Serena Grayson, if you have all the merge fields in each of the 3 cards on the page, and you see identical information on all of them, then you must let Word know that this form contains multiple "pages".

      1] Place your cursor in the first position in the "new" record
      2] Click on the Mailings tab
      3] Select Rules then Next Record
      4] Repeat this for each new record on the page

      This tells Word that there are to be multiple records on a single page, and that the next record will begin at this point.

  10. rinku says:

    how do I mail merge a cell which contains the formula into Ms word.actually I am calculating the EMI in excel through formula but in Ms word it is not functioning. plz help.

  11. Miles says:

    Hi, My query is how do I translate a set date from excell over to microsoft word. I have gotten many different dates by "Ctrl ;" a worksheet For example a date being 16 October 2014. When I go the the mailings section it changes it to gibberish: 41931. I have read the "Format date and time" section many times but have been unable to fix this thanks.

  12. Jarek says:

    I’m merge excel file with word 2013 to fill a preprinted form. This requires merger letter by letter (letters finally are printed in separate pre-printed squares). I have a problem with names like “Anna Maria” where I have space in the middle.
    I separate letters in excel (one letter by column) and merge. When imported letter is a space (in this case fifth) is not included in word. The merged document shows ANNAMARIA. When replace space by “_” everything looks fine (Anna_Maria). How to overcome this problem?

  13. Amanda says:

    After I changed my settings to use the DDE I can no longer choose a different tab on the excel spreadsheet that I choose in mail merge to get my data to go on my letter in word via mail merge. Is there a way to choose the specific tab still?

  14. Jialin says:

    Hi Svetlana,

    I need to create a macro in excel that can do a mail merge on a single row of data for me.

    More specifically, I would like the macro starts off by asking me which row in excel be mail-merged.(or the macro can start off after I highlighted a row) Then somehow I would like to activate mail merge inside of my excel macro code-up to the last step-print preview of my merged letter. The computers in my company are using word 2003 and excel 2003... Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

  15. Lokesh says:

    can u do mail merge from Excel to Word by vba coding also.

  16. Maggie says:


    Is it possible to only merge cells that are a specific color on the spreadsheet? I have categories divided by color, and only want to merge one specific category.


  17. Rachel says:

    Hi - I am trying to do a mailmerge and when I try and connect the spreadsheet I need to use to input the fields I get an "error" message which says that it is not in the correct format?

    Are you able to help?


  18. Don says:

    If I am producing, say, 40 merge letters, can I run the merge without printing, but save the file of 40 letters to be printed later? Thanks.

  19. Don says:

    Wow! I found multiple articles to learn about the Mail Merge option in Word and yet you clearly explained here what took all those separate articles to explain. Thank you! I have a question though.

    My specific application of the mail merge is from an Excel file that is consistently being updated throughout the day. In other words, recipients are being added to the Excel file list periodically during the day. I would like to print my letters (in my specific application they are certificates) periodically throughout the day with the most updated recipient list from the Excel file. It is the same Excel file every time. What I have attempted is to "Refresh" the file in Word after clicking on "Edit Recipient List," then selecting the Data Source, then clicking "Refresh." Yet this does not seem to work. I cannot see the most recently added recipients.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks again for the article!


    • Hello Don,

      Thank you very much for your kind words. If your Excel data reside in a simple Excel range, try converting it into an Excel Table (select the data and click Insert tab > Table). Then enter the Table Name in the corresponding field on the Design tab and specify this table name as the data source when doing mail merge. If "Refresh" still doesn't work, then you can send a small sample workbook with your data and the Mail merge pattern to and our support team will try to help.

      • Allan says:

        Don, if your data is not refreshing in your Word mail merge document, make sure the Excel workbook has been saved. Word cannot see your on-screen Excel data, only data that has actually been saved in the workbook.

  20. Henry says:

    How do I use the decimal alignment tab to lineup my numbers by decimal place while performing the merge? Everytime I try to do this after the merge it just pushes every other part of the merge into a different place.

  21. Saqib says:

    Dear Svetlana Cheusheva:
    I have a problem while acting upon the method you mentioned above. i.e (2. Browse to your spreadsheet, double-click it, choose MS Excel Worksheets via DDE (*.xls), then click OK.)
    When i select "MS Excel Worksheets via DDE (*.xls)" it shows an error message. Message from this box is as under:
    "Word could not re-establish a DDE connection to MS Excel to complete the current task"

    Detail mentioned in this box is here:
    "This error message can appear if you attempt to insert a database into a Word document as an object or attach an Access data source to a Word mail-merge main document.
    This error message usually occurs if there is a problem communicating via Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE).
    Possible remedies are to reboot the system or attach the data source using an alternate method (ODBC, DAO).
    For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 918594."

    Dear i am in dire need to retain the original format. Kindly help me.

    Muhammad Saqib

  22. Rose says:


    I need to draft increase letters and using annual amount so I need the salary to appear like this R120 846.00 without me separating the thousand and Hundreds currently even though I have a space between thousands and Hundreds it appears like theses R120846.00

    Please help

  23. Tova Bud says:

    I am trying to make a mail merge, from data in excel sheet. One of the columns has this pattern: 000-000-000
    When I import the list, enter the field of that column, it comes out on the label like this:000000000
    Do you know the reason? How can I save it in the above layout?

    Thank you

  24. Ian says:

    I am using mail merge to create a set of invoices. I then want to be able to email them to the recipients. Can Word mail merge handle that or do I need another piece of software to email out the invoices when created? I have the email addresses in the same excel spreadsheet that gives the other details for the mail merge as we request recipients to validate the email address we have on file for them at the bottom of their invoice.

    • Alexander says:

      Hello Lan,

      I am sorry, there is no way to fulfill your task using the standard Microsoft Word features. You need special software for this task, please google for it – there are quite many programs that can help you. We can’t recommend you anything as you know better what features you need.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Hey Buddy,

    Thanks you very much,
    I want to convert the number into % format, tried many solution, some of work sometimes so very disappointed but this trick works very easily.

    Thanks a lot!!!

  26. Lisa says:

    Everything is very useful on your site so first a big thank you. When I am trying to fix the percentage fields in my WORD document being merged from Excel, they are still not displaying correctly according to your instructions. 0.36734693877551022 needs to be formatted as a percent which in actuality needs to be displayed as 37%. Your instructions either allow it to look like .36% or 0%. Can you please send me the formula to achieve this? I am sure it can be done.

    Thanks for your help.

  27. Ben says:

    I am trying to format the numbering in the word document after mail merging. There are several documents that need to be numbered.

    Please assist.

  28. Ben says:

    how can i re-arrange numbering on the merged document?

  29. sherjhe says:


    We are using mail merge by disseminating email to our member. This features on MS office is very helpful to our association. However, we experience lately that some of our email hasn't successfully received by the recipient. It's weird because when you check the email, it's already on sent items folder.

    I'm using MS Office 2013 under Window 7 as operating system. I tried to look for a solution by checking it to internet. I follow and do all instruction they advice but still no avail. I hope you can help us with this issue.

  30. Sam says:

    The manual is great!
    There is also Gendo ( that does it a bit faster ( merges data into docx template).

  31. Colleen says:

    Hey - Thank you so much for these easy to follow instructions. I've tried mail merge before and I wanted to pull my hair out. I'm glad I found your instructions. You rock!

  32. Bev says:

    I am trying to do a mail merge from Excel to Word in a Chart-type form. I can everything to merge except one field. This field will occasionally pull correctly but typically pulls as 0. It should be in the format ####### or blank. I have tried changing the format of the excel file to many different types but this field does not work.

    Please help.

  33. Susan says:

    When I use the DDE option as indicated I am unable to select a specific sheet for my import ( My file has different sheets , linked to each other so I don't want to paste it in a seperate sheet. It slows down the computer is the sheets are linked to sheets in different files) I do I get around this

  34. Yukthi says:

    Hi dear,
    Many thanks for your great full & clear explanation regard this & hope to with you furthe trouble when obtaining this digital world.
    Wish you sucess.

    Thanks again,
    Maduranga Fernando

  35. Erin says:

    When doing a mail merge in MS Office Professional Plus 2013 I set my greeting line format to be Dear Mr. Randall, but the preview shows it as Dear Jack Randall. If I go into Match Fields and change the first name block to "not matched" it goes to the default "Dear Sir or Madam,". Do you know how I can get this to work?

  36. Anand More says:

    Thank you for detailed post.
    I have a query,request your expert comment on the same.
    Is it possible to append new records in the already mail merged document, without saving it as a separate file?
    I have an excel file containing 120 records (rows). I prepared a letter and inserted the fields from the said excel file. Thereafter, I performed mail merge. Now I have two files, the first one with only one letter and a connecting link with excel data and the second one with 120 letters. Now if I add say 10 more rows in the excel file, how can I get it updated in the second file containing 120 letters?


  37. Stefan says:

    Thanks for all these explanation.
    My datasheet (table) contains formulas (=OFFSET(Extract20130404;MATCH(A274;Extract20130404[Delivery customer];0)-1;MATCH($D$1;Extract20130404[#Headers];0)-1;1;1))

    Is there a way to merge even if the data is made of formulas?
    Up to know I can't merge. The only way I found is to copy/paste special (values only) and then merge. But this way is a waste of time.

    Thanks by advance.

  38. Charlotte says:

    Hi - When I go to mail merge on Word from an Excel spreadsheet with multiple worksheets, I go to select recipients, select the excel document and then a box appears to select which worksheet you want to use. I currently have 5 tabs on the excel spreadsheet and yet the box that asks you to chose which sheet you want shows around 30 - different duplicates of the originals. This is really frustrating. Is there any way to remove these either via word or excel, without deleting the originals from the list?

  39. Emil says:


    I'm trying to mail merge two different values to one checkbox so that if the values 1 or 3 is in excel it would check the box in word. Any idea what command to use?

    It is easy for one specific value with following command { IF { MERGEFIELD "mergefieldname" } = "True" "symbol for checked box" "symbol for unchecked box" }

    Thanks in advance!

  40. Vinisha Anand says:

    In this tutorial very easily the whole function have been described.

  41. Marlene says:

    I have an excel database from which I produce numerous different documents in word. When I select certain records from the recipient list in excel to use in a merge in a word document (usually not in consecutive order), what I end up with is the last record in my selection. I then have to scroll back through the end result in order to print the records I initially chose. If I'm given the option to select certain records from the recipient list, why do I get the extra records in my merge result and not the specific ones I chose?

  42. teresa says:

    I am stumped! I bought a mailing list (in an excel spreadsheet) and I'm mail merging with Word on to labels--and everything looks great EXCEPT I have 5 rows (+1 label) blank in the middle of every page.
    It doesn't seem to matter which spreadsheet I use as my data source, I still get the blank labels. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

  43. Andrew says:

    Is it possible for mail merge to pick up formulas like vlookups?

  44. Claudiu says:

    Hi Svetlana,

    congratulations tutorial.
    when using mail merge fields in Word I appear in many places. Database excell values ​​are 2 decimal places in my Word file appears with 13 decimal places . This appeared today use much mail goes but there were no problems . thank you

  45. Paige says:

    I am trying to pull an amount such as AUD 190,000 over from an excel sheet using mail merge but it is showing AUD190,000 without the space between the AUD and the 190,000. Is there a switch I should use? It is showing properly in the excel cell. Thanks!

  46. Sandy says:

    Hi. Thank you so much for tutorial. I mail merge infrequently and find your website very helpful.
    I have to mail merge an agenda with different breakout groups.
    In my excel, I have the breakouts in different colours (eg: Red (in red font), Blue (in Blue font) etc)
    How can I ensure the merge keeps their actual colours eg: Reg is in red, Blue is in blue colour?

    obviously each person has a different breakout group schedule to another person. So it is not possible to change font colour individually will drive me crazy (6 breakouts x 70 people).
    Many thanks

  47. Dave Foltz says:

    Hi Svetlana,
    I'm trying to create a 2007 Word mail merge document from a 2007 Excel file to use to print labels on an Avery 8160 label sheet which contains 30 labels (3 columns & 10 rows). But I can only get the top row of data and the bottom row of each page of the label to display the excel list data. All rows and columns of the entire excel file display as I go through the mail merge setup prompts, but just will not fully merge and display as expected on the label. Any thoughts?
    Thank you.


  48. Linda says:

    Your information is so helpful, thank you. I am working on a merge document using Office Home & Student 2013 & Windows 8.1. Why do only 255 characters appear in my Word document text field when there is double that amount of data in my Excel spreadsheet. The data is formatted as "text" in Excel. Is there a maximum amount of data in either Word or Excel, and if so, can I override it? Thanks.

    • Hello, Linda,

      Unfortunately this is a limitation set for Text in Excel. Please try to split your data to several cells and join them again after Mail merging.

      • Frank says:

        Thats not the whole truth:
        "Word looks at the data in the first record in the datasource in order to decide what you need. I suspect that some of your fields are merging OK because they have more than 256 characters in the first record. Edit the first record so that it has more than 256 characters in any fields that are long for some records." Kimberly from MSOfficeForum



    I confuse in one format / formula

    i want to write name in table box (in word) from data base source (excel)

    i use this formula =mid(A1,2,1) but this taking tomuch time and not see proper.

    problem exp.

    in excel (source) :

    A B
    3 32540 : RAJ KUMAR PATEL

    and i want to write in word (but in name box, like [R|A|J|E|S|H|K|U|M|A|L| |P|A|T|E|L|

    So tell me how to do this

    i waiting for your reply....

  50. peggy says:

    I am preparing a mail merge for a mailing to parents concerning their child's fees and fines. Each child' list is unique to them and some contain several different items. I am able to address the letter and insert the first line of fees but need to have all the fees listed and the total.

    Thank you!

  51. Ashiq says:

    I have completed the mail merge as per your instruction. However, there seems to be a constriction on the number of columns and I am not able to increase the number of columns. Moreover, when I choose the option Insert Merge Fields it reflects ""Automergefield and this is restricted to a maximum of 8 fields.My question is how to increase the number of fields for that corresponding excel sheet.

  52. Prakash M says:

    I am having 1065 details of my 45 branches and I need to send mails for 45 branches with the details in single mail for single branch with multiple lines. Currently I am sending around 1065 mails in a month. Help me to solve this. Expecting your reply.

  53. Eryq says:

    Is there a possible to import the contents of a large excel sheet into a word document table? The word doc has 2 columns in layout.

    How do you get the mail merge function to pick all the other row data after populating the first row? The <> seems to publish into a new second page and not the second row of the created table

  54. Shehbaz Hussain says:

    If some of my excel sheet cells formatted with different colors can I transferred such data with same color in Word through Mail Merge? Is that possible?


  55. Carrie says:

    I have an advanced question regarding a e-mail merge with an excel spreadsheet. I created the e-mail merge document with a table that is showing purchases from multiple suppliers down the left side of the table and the two columns are broken down by customer purchase amounts. I have been able to bring all of the column information into the mail merge, however I want each customers mail merge table to total can you help me?

  56. vikki says:

    I have an excel spreadsheet with all my info on there is one mailmerge that I can not get right. in cell A1 I have a time as 7:00 am in cell B1 I have end time as 8:00 pm in cell C1 should be the total of 13 hrs. cell A and cell B are formatted as time 1:30 cell C is formatted as custom h:mm and shows as 13:00 but when I merge this info to my word document the 13:00 shows as 1 hr. it works with anything under 12 hrs but over 12 hrs it only come out with 1 hr for 13 2 hrs for 14 hrs. like it does not recongnize anything over 12 hours. help please

  57. JJ says:

    Hi, I have done my mail merge however when I click Preview Results is not work. I can't see any preview. If I click edit individual letters then I only can see the output. Pls advise.

  58. Jhess says:

    Hi, I'm merging an excel doc to word, but after I merge the information it changes color. So I'm trying to figure our how to prevent that. Please help!

  59. Jessie says:

    I have an excel document with a list of users and their assigned line managers. I want to send each line manager 1 email with all their associated users. How can I do this in mail merge, with a rule? Or do I need to concatenate the users into one cell for each line manager? Help!

  60. Brindha says:

    I am trying to mail merge from excel to word but I need my information to run in snaking sequence. I am doing it for a seating arrangement plan according to their index numbers. I need the index numbers to run in a snake. please help me. Thanks

  61. Pat says:

    We merge our letters with information from Donor Perfect into a csv file in excel. We include a dollar amount when appropriate. When the excel file was set up, one merge field was Amount_. The DP software will not recognize that heading. It is looking for Amount. I spoke to the tech at DP, and he said that it was a problem exclusive to that file that was set up in our software. How do I correct this merge field? How do I find the merging document to correct it? I have tried everything and cannot find how to correct a merge field.
    Thanks for any information you can share.

  62. Tania says:

    I was wondering if you may be able to advise me please? I am attempting to send out a mail merge to companies using a large excel spreadsheet as the data source for the merge. Many of the companies have numerous employees and when I do the merge, it produces separate letters where I would like the individuals names to all be on one letter (save postage). So far I have had to slowly go through and cut and paste employees names from the letters below and then delete that letter (very time consuming when you are sending out hundreds!) I have tried merging the cells for the companies with multiple employees hoping they would all go onto one letter but that did not work. Please would you be able to offer any advice?! Many thanks

  63. Ravasab says:

    Sir i am using microsoft office 2007 and mail merged also done, but actually I ant thousand separator as like = 21,22,85,535.00 but not possible, please help

  64. François says:

    Hi, I am using Excel and Word 2013... the problem is that making a mailmerge with DDE does work anymore... do not know what to do... and using the OLE DE Database is changing my cell total format (it becomes from 767.73 to 767.73000000000002)....... would you have a way to change the toggle to round the number or respect the format???


  65. Pam says:

    When I do a mail merge I'm inserting greeting line and address block from a spreadsheet in excel from Gift Works. When I get the address block to be correct with first and last name this changes the greeting line to also include last name. If I change greeting line and remove last name by not matching a field to it then the address block automatically changes to only first name. I have had this problem for over a year now. Any help is appreciated.

  66. Kevin says:

    This is awesome! Thanks so much for the walkthrough.

  67. Ashton says:

    Hey! If I were needing to make a list in Word with some of the information from my Excel spreadsheet, how would I input the mail merge fields so that I can merge several different recipients over?

  68. Liz says:

    I need to please send a prepared email with/without word document attached. The email will not contain any data to merge from an excel spreadsheet . But just be able to mail merge email addresses to send to all recepients or just selected ones on spreadsheet using windows 10.

  69. Ranjit says:

    I want to mail merge using data in column C of an Excel file. C has a formula that uses data in column A. I have a hundred rows in the Excel sheet. For some of those hundred, A has not yet been entered, so C shows #N/A. In the Mail Merge, I don't want those records to print for which it finds #N/A in column C. How do I do that comparison? Using Skipif, Equal, and "#N/A"? It didn't work.

  70. Ali says:

    I have xls file:
    1st sheet called (MyData) with multiple rows (A1:A255)(employee list) and columns (A1:P1) (employee details) with data.
    2nd sheet called (MyChart), in that sheet I have inserted a drop down menu created for (A1:A255) where I can choose one item (row) and the system shows me that row and graphs.

    so my goal is to merge that graphs to MS Words file.
    Number of MS Word files will be identical to number of employees (A1:A255)

    pls help me

  71. yoel says:

    thank you for this very helpful indeed useful article...
    it does really help me with our examination on ICT ...

  72. Joy Hardin says:

    I have an Excel spreadsheet with some names in red and most in black. I tried to print labels but they all print in black; how can I get the labels to print in the color used in Excel?

  73. Mike says:

    I am doing a mail merge from excel to a form. For each person who gets a form, I want the various fields to be located in the same location on the form even though the data may be different lengths. I attempted to do this by making each field the same length for each person, adding spaces and a . to those that have shorter data. For example, I may have lastname set to 10 characters. I would enter Smith and Johnson as so - Smith . and Johnson . Smith needing more spaces to reach the total 10.

    Still the data seems to display after the merge in slightly different locations like on a new line. How can I prevent this ?

  74. Shez says:


    Please help!! I am working on a very urgent task. I have created mail merge letters, used address block by matching fields. When I preview letters, they are just fine and show all the required fields in the address block. However when I print to PDF, the address block is missing in the PDF file!!!!

    Can anyone help, what can be the issue here???


  75. A. Malik z says:

    I have created my ms.excel file with multiple sheets. Sometime i try to mail merge with ms excel via DDE, but i can't choose my table of sheet. The word just read my 1st sheet. Help me to choose my table of sheet via DDE...?! Thanks so much

  76. Mary says:

    What is the best way to create paragraphs with data merged from an excel spreadsheet. The data excel file has a list of names and addresses.

    For example:

    1. The name of the first attendant is __________. His address is _______.

    2. The name of the second attendant is _________. His address is ______.

    I need everything in one page.

  77. renny says:

    thank you very much, it is really helpful also i want to add, if you wanted to create 3.000, then you should type \@ .000 hope that'll help

  78. Aruna says:


    I have excel data like name, phone num and address. I have a template of the letter in word format example as below, how I extract data(3 column) from excel to word.
    Hi [NAME]

    This is to inform you that your [PHONE NUM] will be changing to new number..........

  79. Roiy says:

    I have successfully set up a mail merge between a word document and an excel sheet as outlined in your document. However, I need to be able to move both the sheet and the document together to different file locations. Every time I do this I have to re-establish the word/excel link.
    Is there anyway I can do this in VBA that will not require me to have to re-establish the link every time?

  80. Sunilkovid says:

    Hello Maám,
    i had the data that need to be sent to receipints in excel sheetwise(Sheet1 & Sheet2). can i get the entire copy of sheet to MSWord and send that to recipients.

  81. Harish says:

    Dear Madam,

    How to save addresses in excel for preparing invoices.(daily uses). Is there any shortcut to paste address directly on invoice. we are preparing invoices in excel sheet only. Its very time taken to type address for customer. please tell me the solution how to easily save address in excel with code.

  82. Yesubabu Pulivarthi says:


    If the Excel data get updated how it will be sync in word using mail merge?

  83. Ronald Wigina says:

    I have been using mail merge for sometime now. However, not all the data in excel is being transferred to the word document. what would be the problem and what is the remedy?

  84. Krishan Goyal says:

    Dear Madam

    I want to merge field from excel sheet in word through address mailing. The problem is this how can I transfer data from excel to word without disturbing the font size in word. ie. Iw ant that the font size in word sheet should be the same of excel sheet.
    krishan Goyal

    • Yunus says:

      I have tried this but it will not work. Any style formatting from Excel can't be transferred into the merge field in Word.

  85. R.O. says:

    Thank you. This is very helpful!

  86. Paula says:

    I am merging a list of excel names into folder labels in Word. The second page of labels begin with the second names on the list and the third page with the third name on the list.

  87. Asemahle says:

    Good day Madam

    Thank you very much for your helpful information It gave me a clear understanding more about BCA[Business Computer Applications] on the Mail Merge side now I'm confident about this topic and I'll be writing tomorrow knowing I got 80-90% idea on what I will be applying to the knowledge I got through this ethical and professional page

  88. Shaik says:

    I have a requirement I have a data I Excel ware I want to prepair multiple quotation. From excel to word using mail merging. Issue is how can I filter item of sites and it should Come in 1 single page in a table. For example I have a site it need 10 items It should filter and all that 10 items listed should come in one page. 2 site having 5 items it should Come auto. It's is option available in mail merging. Please guide

    • Yunus says:

      You can use the Directory type.
      Then sort (group) the list based on the values in column 'site'.
      Then use the {IF ... } clause to put { QUOTE 12 } which force a new page, if a change on 'site' value is detected. Assume Site is the column name (remember use Ctrl+F9 to create the { ... } )

      {IF MERGESEQ = 1 '{SET SiteName ''}{ MERGEFIELD Site }' }
      {IF {REF SiteName} { MERGEFIELD Site } '{QUOTE 12}{ MERGEFIELD Site }{SET SiteName { MERGEFIELD Site }}' }

  89. Yunus says:

    You can use the Directory type.
    Then sort (group) the list based on the values in column 'site'.
    Then use the {IF ... } clause to put { QUOTE 12 } which force a new page, if a change on 'site' value is detected. Assume Site is the column name (remember use Ctrl+F9 to create the { ... } )

    {IF MERGESEQ = 1 '{SET SiteName { MERGEFIELD Site }}{ MERGEFIELD Site }' }
    {IF {REF SiteName}\ { MERGEFIELD Site } '{QUOTE 12}{ MERGEFIELD Site }{SET SiteName { MERGEFIELD Site }}' }

  90. Yunus says:

    Sorry my previous reply was not posted correctly

    You can use the Directory type.
    Then sort (group) the list based on the values in column 'site'.
    Then use the {IF ... } clause to put { QUOTE 12 } which force a new page, if a change on 'site' value is detected. Assume Site is the column name (remember use Ctrl+F9 to create the { ... } )

    {IF MERGESEQ = 1 '{SET SiteName { MERGEFIELD Site }}{ MERGEFIELD Site }' }
    {IF {REF SiteName} < > { MERGEFIELD Site } '{QUOTE 12}{ MERGEFIELD Site }{SET SiteName { MERGEFIELD Site }}' }

  91. V. KIRAN KUMAR says:


    I wanted to get symbols like +/- ( i.e +2.00 or -3.00)
    mostly i get "-" symbols
    i am failing to get "+" symbol even there is a "+" symbol in excel sheet
    I am using my filed code is { MERGEFIELD RE_CYL \#0.00 }
    please give me the correct filed code

    I shall be thankful
    V. Kiran Kumar

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