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I did my database in OO about 10 years ago, maybe more. I haven't fiddled with the fields since then, but they were custom fields. I moved to LO as soon as it was released. I use mail merge extensively, and had no problems having custom named fields working to pull the data from. So there should still be someway to do it.

On 03/19/2014 04:12 PM, Jeff Prater wrote:
Yeah--I guess I could do that. But I already have all these fields created.
I have probably 50+ documents where I would need to make these manual
changes. Plus, the spreadsheets get updated regularly and I don't want to
have to reimport/reattach the spreadsheet all the time. I guess I'll have
to stick with Lotus Symphony. :(

Jeff Prater

On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM, Steve Edmonds

On 2014-03-20 07:12, Jeff Prater wrote:

At my job we currently use Lotus Symphony and we use the Open Document
format exclusively. We're currently in the process of migrating to
LibreOffice 4.2. We have a lot of documents we use with the mail merge
feature. All of the data sources are from spreadsheets. In Symphony, the
spreadsheet column names are automatically mapped to the field names in
text document. In LO, however, it seems it only wants to default to
"standard" mail merge fields (first name, last name, address line 1, city,
state, zip, etc.). I would have to remap every field to match LO's field
naming convention. I don't want to have to do that. How can I make this
more like Symphony's mail merge functionality where LO matches the column
name with the field name? I'm not merging letters--I'm merging data from a
spreadsheet using custom column names (like AmountPosted, JobID,
DateCreated, DateCompleted, etc.). Thanks!

Jeff Prater

I merge spread sheet data into documents that a printed (certificates). I
started by creating the certificate in writer, just as I want it to look
with dummy information. Then to replace the dummy information from a spread
sheet I Insert>Field>Other (ctl-F2). Select the database tab, mail merge
fields and under the right pane Add database file - Browse. I locate my
spread sheet which will appear in the right pane and allow you to select
the field you want.
Note that this copies the sheet to an odb file and inserts from that file.
If you update your spread sheet the odb file is not automatically updated.

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