How to Make a Mailing List in Gmail

By Adam Crowson

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access
  • Gmail account

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Select a name for the group and then hit OK.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.

Tips & Warnings

  • To maintain confidentiality and not broadcast all of your contacts' e-mail addresses to everyone in your group, address the message to only yourself and then click Add BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) to create a new field. Then enter the new Group name in the BCC field. This prevents recipients from seeing the other recipents' names and e-mail addresses.