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GMail Mailing Lists and Groups

Some of my readers are familiar with my post on GMail Folders that shows a workaround for the seemingly absent email folders that abound in other software.
I thought I would also post on how to create mailing lists (or mailing groups) in GMail. A mailing list is handy because you can specify a list in your message and the message will be sent to all the contacts in the group.

Create your mailing list or group

  1. Open up each contact you want in the group and click “Edit contact information”.
  2. Add the name of the group (e.g. “family”) in the “Notes” field and press “Save”.

Use your mailing list or group

  1. Go to your Contacts page and search for the name of your group. This should bring up all those with the group name in their notes.
  2. Click on the “All” link near the bottom of the page
  3. Click the “Compose” button

Voilà! A new email with all the contacts in your group.

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By Kim Siever

I live in Lethbridge with my spouse and 5 of our 6 children. I’m a writer, focusing on social issues and the occasional poem. My politics are radically left. I recently finished writing a book debunking several capitalism myths. My newest book writing project is on the labour history of Lethbridge.

I’m also dichotomally Mormon. And I’m a functional vegetarian: I have a blog post about that somewhere around here. My pronouns are he/him.

27 replies on “GMail Mailing Lists and Groups”

I thought he meant so you can see their names, but not their email addresses. But yeah, if he meant to hide them from everyone else, then BCC is the one to use.

I thought he meant so you can see their names, but not their email addresses. But yeah, if he meant to hide them from everyone else, then BCC is the one to use.

This was a great tip! Very useful. I just made my first mailing list from within gMail. And because of your post, I did it easily and quickly.
Thanks,
Tony V.

This was a great tip! Very useful. I just made my first mailing list from within gMail. And because of your post, I did it easily and quickly.
Thanks,
Tony V.

This was a great tip! Very useful. I just made my first mailing list from within gMail. And because of your post, I did it easily and quickly.
Thanks,
Tony V.

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