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How to mail merge office Home 2016 for Mac with “Merge to Email” greyed out?

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Last Modified: 2018-02-15
Starting Word 2016 for Mac Mail Merge with Gmail already running (on another monitor), Mailings/Finish & Merge “Merge to Email” is greyed out. As all the Mail Merge recipients are in the Gmail file, I need to use Gmail as the source file for Excel.  

Outlook not available with Office Home & Student 2016 for Mac.

’Preview Results’ works OK - The Mail Merge function was created before Gmail was running.

This statement precedes opening of Word/Mail Merge

“This file needs to be opened by the Excel 5.x Workbook text converter, which may pose a security risk if the file you are opening is a malicious file.  Choose OK to open this file only if you are sure it is from a trusted source.

How do I associate the Gmail file with Word so that the merge will work?
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