Create Contact Groups

Groups are also your personal mailing lists


About contact groups

You can use contact groups to organize your contacts and as personal mailing lists—to send email messages or meeting invitations to groups of people you contact frequently, without having to enter each of their email addresses individually.


Create a contact group

You can create a contact group in your Contacts Manager. Or, when composing an email message or creating a meeting invitation, you can quickly create a new contact group using the contacts picker.

To create a contact group using your Contacts Manager:

1. Open your Contacts Manager. (For details, see "Contacts Basics").

2. Click the New Group button in the upper-left corner of the contacts manager.

3. Enter the name of the group.

4. Click OK.

5. Open My Contacts, and then select the contacts you want to add to the group. For example:

6. Open the Groups drop-down list at the top of the pane on the right.

7. Select the group to which you want to add the contacts.

To create a contact group using the contacts picker:

1. While composing an email message, open the contacts picker by clicking the To: link.

The contacts picker appears:

2. In the Search contacts box, start typing the name of a contact you want to add to the group. Then click the name to add it to the list below. Add more contacts, as needed.

3. When you are finished, click Save as Group.

4. Enter the name of the group, and click OK. For example:

5. To add the group to your email message, click Done.


Use your contact groups as mailing lists

To save time when sending an email message or meeting invitation, use your contact groups.

To send a message or meeting invitation to all the members of a group:

Do one of the following:

To send a message to selected members of a group:

1. While composing an email message, open the contacts picker by clicking the To: link.

2. Select the group in the drop-down list in the contacts picker:

3. Select the contacts to whom you want to send the invitation. For example:

Or, to send it to all contacts in the group, click Select all: