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Word Template Mail merge with vb.net

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Hello,

Any suggestion how can I do mail merge (word) with vb.net and sql server query.
I have a word template which uses access db.But, now need the vb.net app to connect it with the sql server db.



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by:lcohan
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I think is like you just need to "Change the main data connection to another Microsoft Access database" but this one is SQL database tables instead of Access

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Change-the-main-data-connection-to-another-Microsoft-Access-database-12376f25-3f74-407e-8ca5-53409cc2bcc3

Just look under "Change the main data connection in the form template" from above links where step 3. says: "3.On the next page of the wizard, click Database (Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft Office Access only), and then click Next." so just select your SQL Server database and go from there.

And make sure you keep a copy of your original template somewhere safe before making/saving any changes.
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by:RIAS
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Ok, will give a go.
Need to intiate this from my vb.net app.
Any suggestions
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"I have a word template which uses access db.But, now need the vb.net app to connect it with the sql server db."

So what's the connection between the word template above and VB .net???
If you just need to connect from VB .net to SQL - that's described for instance here: "VB.NET Database Tutorial - Connecting To Microsoft SQL Server" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odrntJn2o98 or here http://vb.net-informations.com/ado.net-dataproviders/ado.net-sqlconnection.htm
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by:RIAS
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Icohan,

Right now the word is not connected to vb.net.Its a standalone template with connection to access.

I have to now do this:

vb.net app ----connects to word ---which has the sql connection instead of Access

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