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Create a contact group or distribution list in Outlook

Use a contact group (formerly called a “distribution list”) to send an email to multiple people—a project team, a committee, or even just a group of friends—without having to add each name each time you want to write them. To create contact group:

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For information about contact groups in for Mac, see Create a contact group in Outlook for Mac.

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On the Navigation bar, click People.

  • For Outlook 2013: PeopleImage Removed

  • For Outlook 2016: PeopleImage Removed


Under My Contacts, pick where you want to add the contact group. For this example, click Contacts.


Click Home > New Contact Group.


On the Contact Group tab, in the Name box, type a name for the group.


  1. On the Navigation bar, click People.

    Note: You can find People in one of two places on the Navigation bar.

    If you're using the compact Navigation bar, click the People icon.

    Select the People icon to see your contacts.Image Added

    If you're using the expanded Navigation bar, click the word People.

    Select People to view your contacts.Image Added
  2. Under My Contacts, select the folder where you want to save the contact group. Usually, you'll select Contacts.

  3. On the Ribbon, select New Contact Group.

  4. Give your contact group a name.

  5. Click Add Members, and then add people from your address book or contacts list.

    Add members to a new groupImage Modified

    Note:  To add someone who is not in


  1. your address book


  1.  or contacts,


  1. select New E-mail Contact.


  1. Click Save


  1. & Close.

To learn how to use your new contact group, see Send an email message to a contact group.