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How to bulk add contacts to contact group in Outlook?

Outlook provides with no direct method for bulk adding contacts to contacts group. If you really want to add multiple contacts to contact group at once, here is a trick for you.

Bulk add contacts to contact group in Outlook

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Please do as follows to bulk add contacts to contact group in Outlook.

1. Shift to the Contacts or People view and create a new contact group by clicking New Contact Group under Home tab in Outlook 2010 and 2013.

In Outlook 2007, click the drop-down icon in the New button, and select Distribution List in the drop-down menu.

Note: If you want to bulk add contacts to an existing contact group, please double click to open it.

2. In the Contact Group window, click Add Members > From Outlook Contacts under Contact Group tab.

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

3. In the Select Members dialog box, you need to:

1). Select the contact folder which the contacts exist in the Address Book drop-down box;

2). Hold the Ctrl key to select the contacts one by one if the contacts are discontinuous. Or click the first contact, hold the Shift key and click the last contact if the contacts are continuous in the contacts folder;

3). Click the Members button;

4). Click the OK button.

4. Then the contacts are bulk added to the contact group. Click the Save & Close button to save it.

Note: If that’s a new created contact group, you need to type a name in the Name box before saving it.


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    n0s · 11 months ago
    But what if i am adding 5000 addresses who are not in my address book to begin with? This is bad advice for a different problem than the header describes.
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      dave · 8 months ago
      I found a solution to this, and it involves google because microsoft software is terrible. I was able to paste a list of email addresses into a new google contact list, they actually know how to handle simple tasks. You can then export the contact list in the outlook format. You can then import that file into outlook. Terrible, microsoft should be ashamed of themselves, but at least this method works.
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    Larry · 1 years ago
    Thank you very much! This is a simple elegant solution to an issue that many of us face, but Outlook doesn't provide any built-in obvious way to do it. I shudder to think how many total hours users have spent trying to figure this out.
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    Asking Forafriend · 1 years ago
    Is there a way to do this with just email addresses that aren't in the address book?
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    Cindy · 3 years ago
    How do I do this for Outlook on Mac?