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Only use the last record in an Excel sheet with a Word mail merge

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If I have an Excel sheet and I want to set up a mail merge so that it only picks up the last record entered...how do I set that up? Thanks
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After setting up the mail merge, use the "Select Recipients" and "Edit Recipient List" buttons to select ONLY the last entry...

See: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Mail-merge-using-an-Excel-spreadsheet-858c7d7f-5cc0-4ba1-9a7b-0a948fa3d7d3

... for a more detailed explanation & tutorial video...
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by:Rob Henson
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If this is to occur on multiple occasions and on each occasion you want to only send mail to new entries into the list, I would add a field into the Excel sheet for "Mail Sent" and update the list each time mail is sent with a Y.

This field can then be used as a filter in the Mail Merge to filter the recipients to only those with blank in the Mail Sent field.

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Rob H
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You can do your merge for selected records only
From your main document, go to the Mailings tab of the ribbon
Select the last record using the |> button
Do your merge for the last record only in Finish & Merge, by choosing current record only

If you want to automate this, you can use a macro (and assign it to a button on the quick access toolbar maybe in the document you have)
Sub mergelastrecord()
Dim wdOutputName As String
Dim wdInputName As Document
Dim x As Integer

Const wdDefaultLastRecord = 10 '(set last record)
wdOutputName = ThisDocument.Path & "\MyForm2.docx"
Set wdInputName = Application.ActiveDocument

With wdInputName.MailMerge
    .Destination = wdSendToNewDocument
    .SuppressBlankLines = True
    With .DataSource
        .LastRecord = wdInputName.MailMerge.DataSource.RecordCount
    End With
    .Execute Pause:=False
End With

' show and save output file
Application.Visible = True
Application.ActiveDocument.SaveAs wdOutputName

' cleanup
wdDoc.Close SaveChanges:=False
Set wdDoc = Nothing

End Sub

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by:agwalsh
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Thanks to all of you. Excellent variety of possible solutions..
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by:agwalsh
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Excellent variety of solutions for users at different levels. Thanks as always - knew EE would come through :-)
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