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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:

Contact Group dialog box

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

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  1. On the Navigation bar, click People.

    • For Outlook 2013: People

    • For Outlook 2016: People

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

  3. Click Home > New Contact Group.

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

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

    Add members to a new group

    Note:  To add someone who is not in your address book or contacts, create or add a person as a contact.

  6. Click Save and Close.

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

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