How to Make a Mailing List in Gmail

Google's Gmail makes it extremely easy to manage your web-based e-mail and your contacts. One of the options you have in managing your contacts is to create a mailing list or a group --- as it is called in Gmail --- and add contacts to that group. The following steps will show you how to access your contacts, create a group, add contacts to the group and send a message to all members of the group.

Step

Click Contacts in the left hand frame of Gmail's display, below the link for Trash. Contacts appears in bold. This will open a window in the frame to your right that shows everyone you've contacted. By default, there will be groups called Family, Friends, Coworkers and then All Contacts and Most Contacted.

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Screenshot of Gmail contacts window, Google
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New group button, Google

Step

Click the New Group button in the top left-hand corner of the contacts window, along the left side of "Search Contacts." This button will open a pop-up window asking you to type in a name for the new group.

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Name the group, Google

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Select a name for the group and then hit OK.

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Selecting contacts, Google

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Select the contacts you want to add to the new group.

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Adding contacts to the group, Google

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Click on the Groups drop-down menu as illustrated in the image and highlight the group you want to add the selected contacts to. You now have your mailing list.

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Sending mail to the new mailing list/group, Google

Step

Click Compose Mail and type the name of the group into the To: box. Once you hit send, every address in the group will receive your e-mail.