MailMergeDataField.Insert Method

Publisher Developer Reference

Returns a Shape object that represents a data field inserted into a publication.



expression A variable that represents a MailMergeDataField object.


Name Required/Optional Data Type Description
Range Optional TextRange The text range to insert.

Return Value


The Insert method works for both picture and string (text) fields.

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You can also use the InsertMailMergeField method of the TextRange object to add a text data field to a text box in the publication's catalog merge area.


This example defines a data field as a picture data field, inserts it into the catalog merge area of the specified publication, and sizes and positions the picture data field. This example assumes the publication has been connected to a data source, and a catalog merge area has been added to the publication.

Visual Basic for Applications
  Dim pbPictureField1 As Shape

    'Define the field as a picture data type
    With ThisDocument.MailMerge.DataSource.DataFields
        .Item("Photo:").FieldType = pbMailMergeDataFieldPicture
    End With

    'Insert a picture field, and then size and position it
    Set pbPictureField1 = ThisDocument.MailMerge.DataSource.DataFields.Item("Photo:").Insert
        With pbPictureField1
            .Height = 100
            .Width = 100
            .Top = 85
            .Left = 375
        End With

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