The Mail Merge Helper dialog box should appear, as shown in Figure 2.
From the dialog box click on Create and then click on Mailing Labels. See Figure 3.
A pop up dialog box, see Figure 4, appears which asks where you want the merge document created. Unless you currently have data in the MS Word document, select Active Window. The Mail Merge Helper dialog box should now reappear.
From the Mail Merge helper dialog select Get Data >> Open Data Source. See Figure 5.
The Open Data Source dialog box, Figure 6, should appear. This is where you select your data source file. If you have been following the eleven steps for creating mailing labels, then your data source is named temp.xls. The location of this file may be \My Documents or wherever you normally save your data files.
Select temp.xls by double clicking the file. Wait a few moments while MS Excel initiates a DDE link with MS Word. Next, a dialog box, Figure 7, asks you to select a Named Range or the Entire Spreadsheet. Choose the entire spreadsheet.
From the next dialog box, Figure 8, click on Set Up Main Document.
Clicking on Set Up Main Document starts the Label Options dialog, Figure 9. This dialog allows you to customize the labels for your printer and label brand. Start by setting your printer information. Then select your label brand. Many brands are Avery compatible. Next, select your specific labels by the label number. Finally, click OK. Using this dialog, it is possible to create labels of any size, type, and spacing. This document does not cover those details.
The Create Labels dialog appears, see Figure 10. This dialog allows you to set formatting, insert data, and type regular text. A quick method of accessing some of the formatting commands is to right click your mouse inside the dialog box, see Figure 11. This right click allows you to change the fonts and the justification of the text you enter. For mailing labels I suggest setting the font size to 10.
The power of mail merge, is its ability to use merge fields as a placeholder for data. An example of a merge field would be LastName. The easiest way to include merge fields in your document is to click on Insert Merge Field and then click on the appropriate field.
Besides the merge fields, you may also include spaces, hard returns, and any text. There is also a feature which allows you to include a postal bar code. Insert merge fields and text as though you were doing one label. This is the format that all of your labels will then use. Click OK when done. The Mail Merge Helper dialog reappears. Click on Cancel. Then save your new mail merge document. The next time you open this document and use Tools >> Mail Merge everything you have already done will be remembered. If you wish you may return to the eleven steps of mail merging.