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Microsoft KB Archive/105033

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WD: Cannot Change Default Data Field Names in Mail Merge Helper


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c
  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 7.0, 7.0a
  • Microsoft Word for the Macintosh, version 6.0
  • Microsoft Word for Windows NT, version 6.0


You cannot change the list of default mail merge field names in the Create Data Source dialog box.


You cannot change these defaults because the names are hard-coded in the Word program.


WARNING: ANY USE BY YOU OF THE CODE PROVIDED IN THIS ARTICLE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. Microsoft provides this macro code "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose.

Although you cannot change the defaults, you can use the following sample macros to automatically change the field names when you create a mail merge data file.

   Sub Main
      Dim Dlg As MailMergeCreateDataSource
      GetCurValues Dlg
      Dlg.HeaderRecord = "First,Last,whatever"   ' List of field names
      'Use Windows list separator to delimit field names.
      Dialog Dlg
      MailMergeCreateDataSource Dlg
   End Sub 

NOTE: If you press ESC to cancel this macro while it is running, a WordBasic error occurs. Add an error-trapping routine if you want to avoid such error messages.


"Microsoft Word User's Guide," version 6.0, pages 641-646, 676-692

Additional query words: helper

Keywords : kbmacro kbprint kbdta winword kbmerge macword word6 word7
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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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