Mail Merge Issues with Office XP

fish23407

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I am working on a mail merge using an excel table and word (both XP) and have encountered a problem that I hope is easy to solve.
The converter between excel and word does an interesting thing to zip codes, if the zip code starts with zero or is a zip + four it comes up in word as "0". The microsoft knowledge base says it knows this to be a problem and the workaround is to put ' before the zip so that the converter treats this column as text. Here's the question, is there a formula that would add ' to the beginning of all the zip codes?
 

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Anne Troy

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If you are not using DDE as your connection to the Excel file (which is NOT the default), then change it.

Open main doc, then Mail merge toolbar. Hit Open data source button, choose new source. YOu should be given options to connect. Click on the second tab and add excel.
 

fish23407

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Thanks for your reply - I tried your suggestion and when I got to the point where it asked for me to select the database and table, I couldn't read the file path in the selection box and the next button is greyed out. If I uncheck specific table then when I finish no data is found. Any suggestions are much appreciated.
 

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