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  • Mail Merge to Create Personalized Emails in Publisher

    Use these instructions to send out personalized emails to thank donors, invite Members to special events, or get out

    general RP information.

    **These instructions will be referring to the design program Microsoft Publisher, which comes included with most

    Microsoft Office Suite packages.

    Before you begin this process it is important to remember that Publisher emails will be sent through your Outlook

    account. Be sure to keep this in mind when considering content and size of your emails. Also, replies are very likely to

    come to that account as well.

    1. This is the main screen of Publisher.

    Select the Email option.

  • Mail Merge to Create Personalized Emails in Publisher

    2. This screen is where you pick general

    formatting for your email. There are lots of

    templates and color schemes that you can

    choose from. Pick the one that best fits the

    purpose of the email you are creating.

    3. Once you select the template and color

    scheme you want, select the Create button to

    generate your email shell.

  • Mail Merge to Create Personalized Emails in Publisher

    4. You now have your email shell created. From here, you can insert text, add pictures, remove

    and add text boxes, basically make your email completely unique.

    Note the options on the left tool bar. You can change the size or your email, and even change

    the template if you change your mind.

    Most of the controls in Publisher mimic the design capabilities of Microsoft Word. Publisher is

    just slightly more advanced in the design aspect.

    Remember to save all of your hard work when you’re done!

  • Mail Merge to Create Personalized Emails in Publisher

    5. To insert merge fields like you did for your personalized mailings, go to the top toolbar and select

    Tools. From this drop down menu scroll down to Mailings and Catalogs and select E-Mail Merge.

    When you do, a new tool bar will open on the left hand side of your screen. See below.

  • Mail Merge to Create Personalized Emails in Publisher

    6. The next steps are very similar to those for the Word Mail Merge.

    Click on the blue link titled Next: Create or Connect to a recipient list. This will bring up a new

    option box for you to “attach” your Excel spreadsheet. Use the pop up box to locate and select

    your spreadsheet.

  • Mail Merge to Create Personalized Emails in Publisher

    7. This box will pop once you select your Excel spreadsheet. From here, you can choose to

    include all of the people in your spreadsheet by selecting OK, or you can deselect the names you

    don’t want to use by unchecking the boxes next to their name and then selecting OK.

    8. Now that your data is attached you can insert merge fields directly into your document. Place

    your cursor in the text box where you want the field to go then select the merge field from the

    list on the right side of your screen.

  • Mail Merge to Create Personalized Emails in Publisher

    9. Once you have all of your merge fields entered and your email

    set up the way you want, you’re ready to take the next steps to

    sending out your email.

    Select the Next: Create merged publications blue link at the

    bottom of the Email Merge tool box.

    Once you do this, a new screen will open in your tool box. See

    below.

  • Mail Merge to Create Personalized Emails in Publisher

    10. You can now preview your email, this is suggested so you can make sure everything merged

    properly and looks the way you want. Select the blue Email preview… link and click through all of

    or your emails to proof.

    Once you’re sure everything is good to go, select the blue Send e-mail… link and the below tool

    box will open.

    In this tool box you will select the To field of your email from your merge fields. *This will be the

    recipient’s email address. You will also enter a subject for your email.

    You also have the opportunity to preview your email one last time before you send it.

    Once you’re done select the Send button to move on.

  • Mail Merge to Create Personalized Emails in Publisher

    11. Don’t worry, you’re almost there!

    This is the last step before your email is sent out. If you are sure that everything is ready to be

    sent select OK and your emails will be sent through your Outlook account.

    And that’s it! Your email has gone out and you have quickly and easily communicated with your

    Chapter and donors!