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April 25, 2006

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Solveig,

I have tried inserting a hidden section. I have found that the preview looks correct (where you see only the field names), but when you actually do the mail merge, the blank lines come back. I'm getting rather frustrated with it, but I'm gonna keep tryin'...

OK. I was able to get this whole thing to work using the Jean Weber method. It should be noted that you can layout your label manually (drag and drop from data source) if you don't like the layout box in the labels dialog (I don't). Then SAVE. You have to use the Mail Merge Wizard, because the secret Mail Merge won't work :-( Skip right to step 8 in the wizard and print from there. I got it to work fine in Windows and Linux. I feel sorry for the average user trying to figure this mess out. How about a "Suppress blank lines" check box?!

I too think this should be a little freakin' easier. I realized however that there is a Suppress Blank Lines checkbox....but it's in the Mongo Mail Merge Wizard (Tools > Mail Merge Wizard). Which is a huge pain to set up. BUT someone can set it up then just create a template and make it available to users.

So I think that's the best approach.

A template is great if everyone uses the same database and labels. We use lots of different databases and label sizes, which complicates things somewhat. Luckily, I can do a label merge in my sleep now.

Also, you were in Kentucky and didn't stop in to see me?! ;-)

Sorry--apparently there's a small contingent out that way! If the client has me out again, we'll go take in a horse race, or have lunch, or something.

Sorry--apparently there's a small contingent out that way! If the client has me out again, we'll go take in a horse race, or have lunch, or something.

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Wow, and it all becomes clear. Now I'm crazy out even more than I should have been before.

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