How do I print mailing labels from a contact group in Windows Contacts? I have Word 2003, Works 8__and use Outlook for my email

Windows Vista

Asked by: huntjaiyen

I input the names and address into Windows Contacts under Group, I'm unable to open this file in Word or Works.  I need to print mailing labels to put on postcards.  What do I do besides addressing postcards by hand?  Also I was able to copy this group to a DVD but I'm unable to open it.  It states I must open in the contacts program but I'm unable to open it. 
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To mail merge from Windows Contacts to Microsoft Word:

First you need to import your Windows Mail contacts into Windows Live Mail http://www.freeemailtutorials.com/windowsLiveMail/addressBooksAndContacts/importContacts.htm.

Next you need to export the contacts as a csv file as follows: http://www.freeemailtutorials.com/windowsLiveMail/addressBooksAndContacts/exportContacts.htm.

Next you will need to import the csv file into Microsoft Excel https://myaccount.imatts.com/documentation/csv_data_import.pdf.

Finally, do a mail merge using Word 2003 from the Excel document: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/microsoft-office/create-mailing-labels-in-word-2003-with-mail-merge/.

This may not be the simplest way of accomplishing the task - but I know of no other way to get the data to be accepted by Word for a mail merge.  There's no way I know to directly convert a Windows Contact database to a csv file or to be directly used by Microsoft Word (especially since it's in Group rather than individual entry format).  There's no way I know to use a csv file as the database with Microsoft Word Mail Merge.  It may be possible but I just don't know how.

If you're unsatisfied with the above procedure or if it still doesn't work, then I suggest you post your question in the Programs Forum at: http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vistaprograms/threads where people who specialize in programs like Microsoft Mail and Microsoft Live Mail (and know about Outlook, Excel, and Word) will be more than happy to assist you with your request.

Good luck and I hope this helps.
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