I'm so pleased with myself I thought I'd share my discovery. I teach a class and twice during the term I email out the test results and class standings to my students. Its usually a standard form letter type that says " your mid term grade is x and your recitation grade is Y". As I was doing this manually last term for a class of about 35 students, it occurred to me that there should be a way to automate it. I told myself that this term I would work on figuring it out. Since I maintain the grades of the class in an Excel spreadsheet, I thought it shouldn't be that difficult to use that as a database and create a mail merge document in Word. Back in the old days of Wordstar (remember that program?) it wasn't that hard to create multiple form letters using the mail merge function. So a little research in Microsoft Word and I found that not only is the mail merge function built in to the program, but it also had a 'merge to email' option that outputs directly into your Entourage outbox for emailing. The Data Merge Manager under tools makes it a painless process in Word. What used to be a manual process of cutting and pasting grades into an email is now a 5 minute automated breeze! If you need to send out form letters by email, this is a wonderful tool. And everything is built into Microsoft Office. And surprise surprise, it actually works well. I am a happy camper!