How to use http endpoint for mail merge data (Office for MAC) RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi all,

    We have an application where a part of the functionality is mail merge templates creation and editing for later mail merge execution. For that purpose, we implemented a WebDAV server and use ms-word protocol request. 

    For mail merge documents we point a mail merge data source to http location (http://host/api/samplemergedata.txt) that contains only headers.

    The problem is that this approach does not work on Word for Mac as http data source is just ignored there.

    The question is:

    Is this by design?

    Is there any other way to support remote merge data source for Word on Mac?

    Any help is appreciated.

    • Edited by Yurec1986 Wednesday, November 9, 2016 3:14 PM
    • Moved by Chenchen Li Thursday, November 10, 2016 2:59 AM
    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 2:43 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Thanks for posting here.

    This forum(Word for Developers) is for developer discussions and questions involving Microsoft Word, like developing issues related with Word Object model.

    Since your issue is more related to Word Product, I would move this thread into the following forum




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    Thursday, November 10, 2016 2:59 AM
  • Hi,

    As far as I know not only in Word 2016 for MAC, but also Word for PC.

    Accessing any of  the named data sources from an HTTP location isn't supported. Save the file to your local hard drive before you use it as a mail merge data source.

    This is by design behavior in Word, you can get this information from this support article:


    Hope it's helpful.

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    Thursday, November 17, 2016 9:49 AM