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The best thing to do in Word is to save that file as template
Just for original word document that you don't wish to change
click on File (or top-left Office icon)
then select Save As
in Save as window under File Type choose "Word Template"
then once I have saved as a template, I will still be able to do a mail merge every day for the next ........ till I do not need it any more?
Yes, it's the best way
your template file will stay the same even if you use Save or Save As
So the mailmerge format saves as a template or do I need a different format?
if you use those it will always ask you to save as new file and original template will stay unchanged
You can save any document like template, and also mail merge
Ok I will give that a try. With that in mind, maybe I should save all master documents of that type as a template. Sounds like it saves the template plus the original?
It's good as you will have one template all the time
you can change it but it will not save the changes under original template
whenever you press Save or Save as it will ask you to save as new file and will not change template
Once a doc is saved as a template is that similar to locking it from someone else editing it without them having permissions. Or is there a way to lock that template from editing.
Template cannot be edited, but if you wish to change it, you have to again press Save As then choose "Word Template" from File Type and save it again
So I could make changes if necessary by saving the template in a different name?
Yes, that's correct
OK I think I have it. I will try that in the morning when I get to work. DO not have the doc here right now. THank you so much for your help.
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thanks again. there is nothing else at this time.