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.
Things You'll Need
- Computer with Internet access
- Gmail account
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.
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.
Select a name for the group and then hit OK.
Select the contacts you want to add to the new group.
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.
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.