Mail merge in Word for Mac

There are three files involved in creating and printing letters or emails or labels or envelopes using the mail merge process:

  • Your main document
    This document contains text and graphics (a logo or image, for example) that are identical for each version of the merged document. The return address on the envelope or the body of a letter or an email message is an example of identical content.

  • Your mailing list
    This document contains the data that is used to populate information on your main document. For example, your mailing list contains the addresses to be printed on the envelopes.

  • Your merged document
    This document is a combination of the main document and the mailing list. The mail merge pulls information from the mailing list and populates it on your main document, resulting in the merged document—the letter or email or label or envelopes personalized to different people on the mailing list.

What bulk mailing documents do you want to create?

Type of bulk mailing document

Word for Mac 2011

Word for Mac 2016


Use mail merge to create a form letter. Each letter prints on a separate piece of paper.

Create and print a batch of personalized letters for everyone on your mailing list. Each letter prints on a separate piece of paper.


This feature does not exist for Word for Mac 2011

Create and send email messages for each person on your mailing list with customized information inserted from the mailing list.


Create envelopes by using mail merge in Word for Mac

Create envelopes by using mail merge in Word for Mac


Create and print labels using mail merge

Create and print labels using mail merge, in which each label consists of a different mailing address.

What kind of mailing list do you use?

Word can pull data from a variety of data sources to perform mail merge. If you don't have a mailing list, you can create one easily during the mail merge process. Here are few simple data sources you can use for mail merge.

Now that you have chosen your bulk mailing document and have your mailing list ready, you can proceed with the mail merge.

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