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    Mail Merge Section Breaks (Word2K sr1)

    Hello

    Just wanted to get some thoughts on a bit of Bizarre Behaviour we're experiencing with mail merges.

    Symptoms: You can't print out a portion of a mail merge document. You can print out everything, the last page or the current page/selection. Any other choice (pages 10 to 50, say) prints the whole document.

    Cause: Although the document has as many pages as sections, Word seems to think it only *really* has two pages. It's sort of as if the last section is treated as page 2 with page 1 consisting of everything else.

    I'd say it's definitely the section breaks at fault because I can put things straight with a bit of code that hacks out and reinserts every section in the document, starting with the last one and working up, but that's not really ideal.

    I'm wondering - has anybody else experienced this sort of behaviour with their mail merges? Do your Word 2000 mail merges produce documents that do this or am I being victimised in some way?
    Any way round it?
    I've tried recreating templates and checking for corruption everywhere I can think of it but to no avail.

    Here's hoping someone can shed some light...

    Geth

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    Re: Mail Merge Section Breaks (Word2K sr1)

    This behaviour is as intended. Each record in the data source corresponds to a section in the merged document. Page numbering restarts at 1 in each section. That is not unreasonable if you think about it - you wouldn't want page numbering to continue through letters to different people.

    But you *can* print parts of the merged document by using section numbers. For example, if you enter
    s5-s12
    in the Pages box, you will print section 5 through section 12.

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    Re: Mail Merge Section Breaks (Word2K sr1)

    That's a relief!
    I was starting to develop a persecution complex... <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39>

    G

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