How do I Create a Mail Merge in Microsoft Word?

Mail merge is a powerful feature in Microsoft Word that allows you to merge data from a spreadsheet or database with a Word document. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process to create a mail merge in Microsoft Word.

Step 1: Prepare Your Data Source

Before starting the mail merge, make sure you have a data source ready, such as an Excel spreadsheet or a contact list. Ensure that your data is organized with column headers and contains the information you want to merge into your document.

Step 2: Open a New Document

Launch Microsoft Word and open a new blank document where you want to create the mail merge.

Step 3: Go to the Mailings Tab

Click on the “Mailings” tab located in the ribbon at the top of the Word window.

Step 4: Select Recipients

In the “Start Mail Merge” section, click on the “Select Recipients” button. From the drop-down menu, choose the type of data source you want to use, such as an existing list, Outlook contacts, or a new list.

Step 5: Connect to Your Data Source

If you selected an existing list or an Outlook contacts list, follow the prompts to connect to your data source. If you chose to create a new list, enter the information manually or import it from a file.

Step 6: Insert Merge Fields

Now, position your cursor where you want to insert the merged data in your document. In the “Write & Insert Fields” section, click on the “Insert Merge Field” button. From the drop-down menu, select the fields you want to merge, such as name, address, or email.

Step 7: Customize Your Document

Insert additional text, formatting, or images as needed. You can also include conditional statements, such as IF-THEN rules, to customize the content based on specific criteria.

Step 8: Preview Your Results

To preview how your merged document will look, click on the “Preview Results” button in the “Preview Results” section. Use the navigation buttons to scroll through the records and make sure everything appears correctly.

Step 9: Complete the Merge

Once you are satisfied with the preview, click on the “Finish & Merge” button in the “Finish” section. Choose whether to print the merged documents, save them as separate files, or send them as email messages. Follow the prompts to complete the merge process.


Creating a mail merge in Microsoft Word is an efficient way to generate personalized documents using data from a spreadsheet or database. Follow these step-by-step instructions to perform a successful mail merge and automate the creation of customized documents.

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