MS Word

OLE, Mail Merge, and Office Applications

By this point, you should have wrestled Word more or less into submission unless you're performing mail merges or using Word together with other Office applications, or you're using Word on the Mac.

This tutorial starts by nailing the key object linking and embedding (OLE) annoyances: how to choose between linking and embedding, and how to deal with broken links after one of your colleagues has made the wrong choice. The tutorial then shows you how to deal with the grievances typically aired about mail merging, from using filtering and fields to create a smarter mail merge to convincing Word that a document really isn't a merge document anymore.

The second half of the tutorial deals with annoyances you may experience when using Word with Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. The topics covered range from keeping an Excel chart updated in a Word document to converting a Word table into an Access database.