Each Microsoft Office application specializes in a specific job. Word lets you create and edit documents and Excel analyzes your data. Storing data is Access' claim to fame. Fortunately, Office applications share data easily. Perhaps you want to filter Access data based on the contents of a Word field. That takes a bit more work than a simple mail merge, but it's certainly doable. The example technique in this TechRepublic How do I... populates a Word dropdown field with Access data. Then, the same form uses the selected value from that field to retrieve more Access data.
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