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Not sure if I've missed the point here -

Create a spreadsheet .ods file with 3 columns each column headed - col1, col2, col3
Add two rows populating respective columns my first row contained 1, 2, 3 and the 2nd row a, b ,c 
so I had a spreadsheet .ods file that looked like this -

col1    col2    col3
1       2       3
a       b       c

Create a writer .odt file
add the bespoke fields 
Insert -> Fields -> Other
Push the "Add Database File Browse" button.
Navigate to the .ods file
Push the open button
The spreadhsst .ods file should then be added to the "Database Selection" pane.
Select the fields you want added to the writer .odt file positioning them as approprate
save the document

Start the Mail Merge Wizard
Select the Starting Document i.e. the .odt file created above
Move directly to the "Select Save, Print or Send" dialog
Select the "Save Merged Document" Radio Button
Select the "Save as a Single Document" Radio Button
Push the "Save Documents" Button
Save the merged document

Does this get you close to where you want to be?


On Wednesday 19 Mar 2014 17:03:18 Jeff Prater wrote:
That's the problem. Whenever I attempt to do the mail merge, it doesn't
list any of the custom fields in my document. It only list "canned" fields.
I don't see how I can match my existing fields within this interface.

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Jeff Prater

On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM, Don C. Myers <>wrote:

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
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,
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
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
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
If you update your spread sheet the odb file is not automatically

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