Word and Excel - Mail Merge - Excel Workbook text converter

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  1. Abearmenta2018 macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2018
    Hello everyone,

    I create our church bulletins using Word and Excel. Every week, I go into Excel and add the hymn names, scripture readings, etc... This helps me keep track of what we are singing and reading in church.

    Once I fill in the order of service in Excel I mail merge in Word. However, I always get the following error message:
    This file needs to be opened by the Excel Workbook text converter, which may pose a security risk if the file you are opening is a malicious file. Choose Yes to open this file only if you are sure it is from a trusted source.

    Any ideas? Basically, I click no "Yes" and it takes about 10-15 seconds (spinning beach ball) to open the actual Word and edit.

    I am using Office 365 for Mac.

    Any ideas?

  2. jaduff46 macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2010
    Second star on the right....
    Are you mail merging to send them out to people such as a mailing list or letter? If not, there are lots of ways to spreadsheet contents, formatted however needed, to other Office doc types.

    Before retiring I produced a weekly report for an institutional investor where the pages were formatted in PowerPoint and the report content in each page came from a nicely formatted section of an Excel spreadsheet. All I did was right-click in the content section for each page of the PPT and “Update link”.

    There are, of course, other alternatives.
  3. Abearmenta2018 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2018
    I mail merge to a Word document. The Word document is our church bulletin. I have 10 columns in Excel that I fill in (hymns, bible readings, preacher name, etc...) which I mail merge to the Word document to produce the bulletin for a given Sunday.

    The problem is that I get the message I mentioned in my original post. It eventually does mail merge...but takes a while to actually happen.

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