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Mail Merge Slow in Word 2010

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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hello All,

My company produces mail merge letters through out the day.  We recently upgrade our Office suite to 2010.  Now we're noticing the same mail merge process is taking 2-3x as long.

The forms are word documents
Source files are flat csv test files
Number of records can be anywhere from 20-500, depending on the form.

One thing we've noticed with Word 2010 is that during the merge process there's a "Validating Data" message appearing (flickering) on the lower left hand side of Word, where the page numbers would typically appear.  
Is there any way to turn off the function?  For that matter, is there anything that can be toggled off, which may help speed up the merge process?
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