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How to create distribution list from email recipients in Outlook?

In many cases, you might receive an email with multiple recipients which you want to add them to a distribution list in Outlook. Actually, Outlook provides you with no direct feature to do so. You need to create distribution list from email recipients with little tricks in Outlook. Please browse the below tutorial for detailed information.

Create distribution list from email recipients in Outlook

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You can do as follows to create distribution list from email recipients in Outlook.

1. Get into the email folder and double click to open the email you want to create distribution list from the recipients.

2. Then click on a recipient on the To field and the right click it. Click Select All from the right-clicking menu. See screenshot:

3. Then all recipients in the To field are selected. Right click on them and click Copy in the right-clicking menu. Or you can just press Ctrl + C to copy the selected recipients.

4. Go back to the Outlook main interface, and click New Items > More Items > Contact Group in Outlook 2010 and 2013.

In Outlook 2007, click New > Distribution List.

5. Then a Contact Group window pops up. Please fill in the Name box and click Add Members > From Outlook Contacts under Contact Group tab in Outlook 2010 and 2013. See screenshot:

In Outlook 2007, click Select Members under Distribution List tab.

6. In the Select Members dialog box, press Ctrl + V keys to paste the selected recipients to the Members -> field. And click the OK button.

7. Then it returns to the Contact Group window, you will see the recipients are added inside.


If there are recipients exiting in the Cc field in the opened email and you want to add the Cc recipients to the distribution list. Please leave the Contact Group window opened, go back to the email and repeat the above 2, 3, 5, and 6 operations in order. After adding all the email recipients to the distribution list, please click the Save & Close button to save it.

8. If there are no Cc recipients in the email, please click the Save & Close button to finish the distribution list created.


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