Unchangeable Data Sources? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is it possible to have a mail merge in a word document, while ensuring the data source linking to recipient data can't be changed?
    Thursday, September 24, 2015 8:50 PM


  • Your question is ambiguous. A mailmerge main document links to the data source. The 'recipient data' would come from there. Once you execute the merge, the output doesn't link back to the datasource unless you've put something into the document itself to make it do so.

    If you're asking whether you can prevent someone using a mailmerge main document with a different data source, the answer is No. There are things you might do to make it more difficult, but someone could still simply copy the content from the mailmerge main document, paste it into another document, then connect that document to a different data source.

    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

    • Proposed as answer by Charles Kenyon Saturday, September 26, 2015 3:45 AM
    • Marked as answer by George123345 Wednesday, October 7, 2015 8:42 AM
    Friday, September 25, 2015 4:06 AM