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OpenOffice Mail Merge Wizard Prints Blank Pages?? | David Knoble, CPA, PLLC

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OpenOffice Mail Merge Wizard Prints Blank Pages??

OpenOf­fice is a soft­ware pack­age for the new busi­ness because it is free!  It also reads and writes Microsoft© Office doc­u­ments.  How­ever, some­times a lit­tle bug is harder to solve.  Here we have found the solu­tion to remov­ing the blank page that prints in-between each let­ter when cre­at­ing form let­ters with the Mail Merge Wiz­ard.  After com­plet­ing a mail merge using the wiz­ard found in the Tools -> Mail Merge Wiz­ard menu, you have a doc­u­ment con­tain­ing each let­ter.  On screen the let­ters look like they are one page after another.  Using the print pre­view, how­ever, gives a more dis­tress­ing sight — a blank page in between each let­ter.  Here’s the fix to remove them.

The good news is that click­ing a check­box removes the prob­lem.  I can­not under­stand why a great solu­tion such as OpenOf­fice would turn on this set­ting by default.  How­ever, you can remove the set­ting through the fol­low­ing steps.  First, open the Options win­dow using the Tools -> Options menu item.

Options Menu Item

Options Menu Item

Then, find the OpenOf​fice​.org Writer -> Print option.  Look under the Other items and uncheck the first check­box — Print auto­mat­i­cally inserted blank pages.  See the exam­ple high­lighted below.

Blank Page Option - default

Blank Page Option — default

These screen­shots are from OpenOf­fice ver­sion 3.1 and this item was set by default.  You will still need to use the Mail Merge Wiz­ard again to remove the blank pages, but it should work.

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