Create And Use Contact Lists-Yahoo Mail

Contact lists or distribution groups as they are called in some email systems allow you to easily send email to a group of people.

To create a list open your contacts, and you should see a very faint link to create a new list in the left column (see screenshot)


Click new list and edit the text with the name of your new list.

When created you can assign contacts to the list by clicking the check boxes and then click assign to add them to the list.


Here is a good video from Yahoo which shows you how to create the list and send email to it.

Video Notes:

Important – You should note the Bcc line is used to keep the list confidential. This is typically what you use when sending a newsletter.

Also sending on the Bcc line means that if the recipient does a reply to all then he doesn’t reply to the entire list.

The list is expanded before being sent, and so it does not enable you to bypass the maximum recipients limit. Note: Yahoo do not disclose the limit.

Including Attachments

Because any email attachments are sent to all message recipients you should be very careful when sending attachments.especially large attachments, to large mailing lists.

If you need to send large attachments then consider using a file sharing service like Dropbox, See sending email using Yahoo and Dropbox for an example.

Removing Contacts from Lists

To remove one or more contacts from a list.

  1. Select a Contact List.  The Contacts within  are displayed.
  2. Select the check box next to a contact.
  3. Click Remove from list. (screen shot below)
  4. Click Remove from list in the confirmation prompt.


 Deleting Contact Lists

You can delete a contact list. This doesn’t delete the contacts

  1. Select the Contact List.
  2. Click Actions.
  3. Click Delete List.(screen shot below)
  4. Click Delete in the confirmation prompt.


Contact List Size

Yahoo imposes a limit on the maximum numbers of recipients that you can send an email to. However they don’t disclose it due to their anti spam policy.

Therefore ,to be cautious  create contact lists with no more than 50 members.

Exporting Lists

Lists aren’t exported with the contacts, as far as I can see, but some formats will show list membership so you can work back from there.

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