What you describe could be done in FileMaker. It does not require MS Word.
But Merge files were designed so that you can export text to a merge file and then use MS Word to import the text. This purely pulls the text into MS Word, you don't reproduce any formatting.
Thank you & Hello Phil,
I understand and agree. But my users are used to doing things the old way, unfortunately for me :(
I'm updating their current system from SQL to FileMaker. Their current system
1 - has the ability to PUSH template letters to MSWORD for editing
2 - They print a hard copy
3 - They scan the hard copy to create a pdf (because they don't have Adobe Professional)
4 - Someone uploads the scanned file back into the system.
You and I both know all of this is redundant and unnecessary when using FileMaker. The delimma I have is for them to be able to modify the template letter within FileMaker; then PUSHING the information to MSWORD becomes moot. Any recommendations on how I should set up their letters within FileMaker and they would be able to personalize as needed?
Perhaps this demo file will be of interest: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6xw8buafjuohncu/MessageTemplateBuilder.fp7
People with FileMaker 12 or newer can open this file using Open from FileMaker's file menu.
Perhaps if you demo doing this in FileMaker, you'll open a few eyes to the fact that they don't necessarily need MS Word.
On the Other hand, MS Word does doe certain things, like manage page breaks, much better than FileMaker so your demo could come up short.
Thanx Phil :)