How To Use Mail Merge With Pages On a Mac

A new feature in Pages 12.1 is the ability to create envelopes, letters, invitations and other things by merging address data from the Contacts app or a Numbers spreadsheet.

Comments: 12 Responses to “How To Use Mail Merge With Pages On a Mac”

    Gendron Donald
    6 days ago

    You neglected to mention anything about merging with Avery labels. Can that be done?

    6 days ago

    Gendron: You can already do that in the Contacts app in the Print function. The idea of Mail Merge here is to create a new page per entry. If you want something different you can use the templates that Avery provides, or there are tons of apps in the App Store for printing labels in various ways.

    Gendron Donald
    6 days ago

    Thank you for your quick reply and I prefer Donald, please.

    tom
    6 days ago

    Thank you for your “cut to the chase” explanation video of the new mail merge feature in Pages, extremely useful.

    Ken
    6 days ago

    Great video Gary, very clear. Shame it has taken so long to get this feature back - and still no mail merge to email. I wonder how many of us still send letters rather than electronic communications?

    6 days ago

    Ken: "Mail merge to email" would be simply mass email. You can certainly do that as you can see by my and other newsletters, corporate communications, as well as the dark side of that (junk mail). But that requires servers, not personal computers.

    Ken
    6 days ago

    I think you miss my point Gary, why produce templates for letters and print cards when they might design some attractive notecards we could merge to email. I am talking about small, personal runs, not mass mail. Also great for merging class information for teachers (to be emailed). MS Office and Google have had this function for a long time now.

    6 days ago

    Ken: So where would you limit it? 100? 50? 500? At any point some would complain, while others would abuse it. All the while email providers would be deactivating "free" email accounts when they send these out (their daily send limits are smaller than you think as part of their anti-junk efforts). Plus, if you ask me, "attractive notecards" with graphics aren't a good idea as email messages. You'd have to account for the myriad of ways people receive email (Mac Mail, Windows Outlook, iPhone, Android, web-based email, etc) and how the graphics would look on each. Plus how each would deal with the bandwidth required to receive these. That's very different when comparing at home on fast cable with an iMac vs 3G in rural areas on a phone and a data plan. The example of teachers sending class info is a good one, but schools should already have systems in place to handle that.

    Braden
    5 days ago

    Is there any way to get a mail merge field to be put in a table? I was so excited to customize an emergency sheet I'm making for a camp I lead. I customized the whole document before I realized that it won't let me put mail merge into cells of a table. I'm so bummed. It looks beautiful and mail merge is exactly what I need to make this work. 1 page for every child. I can export a CSV from the online registration they filled out. I even went to an old video of yours to clean up the phone numbers.

    5 days ago

    Braden: It appears not. No problem, just design what you want using regular box text or text boxes instead of tables.

    Jerry Carleton
    2 days ago

    MM at last. Hooray. Is there a way to merge multiple sets of data to a single page, like a page of three bank checks on a single page?

    2 days ago

    Jerry: No, it is one record per page.

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