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On 05/11/2015 05:43 AM, T. R. Valentine wrote:
On 9 May 2015 at 13:40, A <> wrote:
I have multiple spreadsheet files that each represent one unique item.  As
an analogy, think of the spreadsheet as a basket that contains a variety of
eggs (both calculated and hand-entered data). I have multiple baskets each
with multiple eggs.  Each basket (spreadsheet) is associated with one
person.  Each person can have multiple baskets (although that's probably not

I also have a letter, with which I want to do a mail merge - against each
spreadsheet.  i.e. each letter needs to draw multiple pieces of data (eggs)
from each spreadsheet, one letter per spreadsheet.

Normally to do a mail merge you have one data source.  The problem of course
is that I don't have one data source, I have an unknown number - each
spreadsheet is a data source.  So I'm at a loss as to how to mail merge
against multiple data sources in an automated fashion.
Would it be possible to create a 'master' spreadsheet, linked to the
various single spreadsheets and then do the mail merge from the

That's a really good idea in concept, however in practice I don't know how it would work. I presume you're saying that the master spreadsheet would contain filenames of all the other spreadsheets? That's fine except I don't see how that helps, as each file needs to be opened by the mail merge function one at a time and there doesn't seem to be a way to automate that.

Unless you're saying that the master would contain just the needed cells from the other spreadsheets? That seems interesting... it would solve the mail merge problem as then I'd only have one data source, but I'd have to hand enter each file name, modifying each cell one at a time. That doesn't sound too appealing.

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