In this episode we take a look at how to perform a mail merge in LibreOffice. A mail merge involves using a text document as a template, and “merging” it with records maintained in a database. Usually this is done when personalizing mass mailings so that the recipient’s name and address appear in the document. To make the exercise a little more interested, in this episode we use the mail merge capabilities of LibreOffice, and create a game of “Madlibs”.
In situations where you have hundreds of names and addresses that you want to send a letter to, or if you just want to print an address label for each of your contacts to attach to a party invitation, LibreOffice and mail merge can save you a lot of time by automating the process. This might not be something you use everyday, but when you need it, you will be glad you know how to do it.