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Put data into a better template

I can use the previously merged labels but would prefer to create a new mail merge based on this Avery template as opposed to what is built into Word.  Assistance in merging these better labels from Avery with column A in the attached spreadsheet is greatly appreciated.
Better-label-template.doc
Companies.xlsx
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
Not quite sure what the problem is.

1. Open the document with the table that matches the labels.

2. Click on Mailings/Start Mail Merge and choose Labels. Cancel the Label Options dialogue - you don't need to choose another labels layout table.

3. Use the Select Recipients button and navigate to the datasource workbook.

4. Use Insert MergeField to add the column (ALabel1) .

5. Use the Update Labels button to fill the other table cells.

The Main document is now designed, so you can Preview Results or Finish and Merge.
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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
Good instructions, GrahamSkan.

It was not apparent at all that I needed to cancel the label options dialogue.

That got me part way.  I now end up with labels but need to shorten some of the names to get them to fit in the default Arial 8 font size with 3 rows.

When I go to correct them, it won't let me.  What am I doing wrong?
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
Hard to say. Is the worksheet protected?
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
Forgot that you posted the workbook. I'll have a look at it.
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
No it isn't protected. However you can only edit the first line in any cell in the Formula bar.

You have to enter Edit mode in the cell by double-clicking in the cell. You can then edit the text in the cell. Changing to another cell will turn edit mode off.
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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
NO need.  I got it.

The litmus test for any piece of software should be, 'can grandma use it'.  I think not.  I've been in this business for years and mail merge is not one of Microsoft's finer moments.
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