Outlook: Contact Groups for Email

last updated 10/9/2020

What is a Contact Group?

Contact Groups (previously called Distribution Lists) in Outlook 2016 are a quick and easy way to send emails to a group of people you message frequently. For example, you could set up a Contact Group for parents, students, co-workers, teammates, and more.
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1. Open the Microsoft Outlook application on your computer (not the web version).

2. Click on the "Contacts" icon in the bottom left navigation pane.

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3. Click "New Contact Group" in the New section.

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4. Name the group.

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5. Click the "Add Members" button and choose where you want to add contacts from. If using Goose Creek contacts, click from Address Book.

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6. Find or search for the user you want to add. Once highlighted blue, add them to the list by pressing Enter, double-clicking the name, or pressing the Members button.

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7. Once all members are added, click OK.

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8. Click Save & Close.

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You can now send emails to this group from the Contacts section, by selecting the group and clicking the Email button.

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Additionally, you can type the group name in the To box on a new mail message.

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