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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Oddly enough, you can do an email merge from Word rather than Outlook. I've done this as far back as Office 97. You can specify plain text for the email. We used to send email to our customers using a list in Excel as the email data source. This feature continues to exist in Office 2003 as far as I can tell. I haven't tested it for many years though. Look for "mail merge" under the tools menu.
    • Why didn't you anticipate that I was doing this and ring me at the office?!

      Oh well. MS Help wasn't forthcoming about this on searches for "email merge," and I didn't think to try in Word. I forget that some people (ugh) use Word to edit email.

      Hey, it got me to learn more Email:: stuff, so that's good, right? Right??
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      rjbs
  • Just out of curiosity, how many costumers and how many sales rep. do you have?

    I assume the answer could be "enough to bother doing this", but I'm just curious as to how much time was saved.
    • I sent a few hundred emails. It was certainly faster to do what I did (learn the requisite Email:: modules and write a script) than it would have been to edit each one by hand for the right salutation.

      It would have been faster to use Office. Of course, that wouldn't have worked with the initial (but later dropped) requirement.

      So, it wasn't a horrible idea, and I got to learn something new. Yay!
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      rjbs