How to Create a Distribution List or Group in AOL

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Do you ever send a message to more than one person? To all of your friends, say, or your colleagues; your family, soccer club, biking friends, tenants or fellow archaeologists?

Yes? If you also mail any or all of these groups regularly, a distribution list can be of great help in AOL. An address book group in AOL lets you insert all of a group's members' addresses in one go when you send an email.

Create a Distribution List or Group in AOL

To set up an address book group in AOL:

  • ›› Step by Step Screenshot Walkthrough
  • Select Mail | Address Book from the menu in AOL.
  • Now select Add Group from the Group Options drop-down menu.
  • Type the desired name of your group under 1.
  • Highlight any contacts already in your AOL address book who you want to be members of the new group under 2.
  • Click Add.
  • Add any further email addresses under 3, separated by commas. 
  • Click Save. Step by Step Screenshot Walkthrough

Large Groups

Note that AOL will deliver an email only to up to 100 recipients. If your group nears that limit, you can use a group mailing service instead.

Send a Message to Your Group

To deliver a message to your new AOL group:

  • Step by Step Screenshot Walkthrough
  • Click Write in the AOL toolbar to start a new email.
  • Start typing the group name in the Send To: or the Copy To: field.
  • Click on the group name under Suggestions:.
    • To avoid all the addresses becoming available to all recipients of your group message, put the entire group in parentheses.