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I would like to automate the process of creating the first part of an email, namely "Dear sender's name" in Outlook. I believe it is possible as the name can be derived from the name field of the person who has sent the email (i.e. name field [ email field ] which appears at the top of the email) . How do I go about accomplishing this?

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Do you mean when a new e-mail arrives from someone you don't know, and you hit reply? You want it to extract the person's e-mail address and then add "Dear sender's name" to the reply? – KCotreau Jul 25 '11 at 11:37

This is a Mail Merge feature and the Microsoft Outlook blog runs through how to set that up

The basic steps to creating a mail merged e-mail from Outlook are:

  1. Select your contacts in Outlook
  2. Select to send an e-mail in the Mail Merge dialog and choose your subject
  3. Compose your e-mail in Word – inserting fields where appropriate
  4. Preview and Send

Read about the details on the blog article linked above.

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Please don't just post a link, if you do the answer becomes worthless if the link expires. – Nifle Jul 25 '11 at 12:03
@Nifle sorry about that – admintech Jul 25 '11 at 12:46

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