Mail Merge is Deleting my Form Fields



I made a form in Microsoft Word 2003 that is fill-able and need to email the
form out to 183 different organization with personal data from each
organization in their form. For this reason, I created the form, then did a
Mail Merge that had the data I needed. When the merge was complete, all of my
Text Form Fields had been deleted. The blanks are still there but the Text
Form Fields are not. I would like to be able to lock the document so that
they will not be able to type in the question areas but if I lock it without
the text form fields, they can't type anything at all.

I tried locking the document before I did the merge in a hope that it would
keep the form fields there, but Word would not allow me to merge the document
if it was locked. I would really enjoy not having to go through 183 documents
and add form fields in all the spots that got erased. I guess I could go
through 183 copies of the same document and type the data by hand, but I am
really hoping there is a way to get mail merge to put my information in the
document without removing my text form fields.

Doug Robbins - Word MVP

See the article “Combining FormFields and Mail Merge†on the following page
of fellow MVP Graham Mayor’s website:

If that information is of use to you, please do consider contributing to the
maintenance of that website to ensure its continued availability.

Hope this helps.

Please reply to the newsgroup unless you wish to avail yourself of my
services on a paid consulting basis.

Doug Robbins - Word MVP, originally posted via

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