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Steps to Create an Email Distribution List from a Category in MS Outlook

An Email Distribution List is really just a collection of names and emails that you can work with as a single unit. And it's great for emailing the same group of people all the time without searching and gathering each person. Thus, all the contacts in a Distribution list are kept as a named group which appears in your Contact list as exactly that.another Contact! (the contact title bar has two heads denoting that contact as a distribution list).

Creating a Distribution List is easy. You simply press Ctrl-Shift-L, name the list, and add members. If I am in a Mastermind group with 10 people, we are likely emailing each other all the time--the mail is directed to all. So, when I create a Distribution List by the name of Melanie's Gold Mastermind and I add members to it, I am creating a contact by the name Melanie's Gold Mastermind and can simply right-click on it at anytime from the address list and select New Message to Contact.

But what if I have 100 people and they are already in a category for Melanie's group. Do I need to add them one at a time? Ugh. No. There is a much faster way. You can add them from the By Category view in my Advanced Toolbar--with just a small twist.

Here's how to do it in 3 steps. Step 1: Create a view of Name & Emails - Turn on the Advanced Toolbar if it is not already on. (Right-click anywhere in the toolbar area and left-click Advanced). - Click on the Contacts Navigation Pane or Folder - In the Current View drop-down box scroll to the bottom of the list and select Define Views. - In the Custom View Organizer click on New.

Name the view Copy Dist List and Click OK - In the Customize View click on Fields and remove all fields on the right side - Find Full Name in List on the left and add it to the right-side - In the Select available fields from drop-down box, select the E-mail fields set and drag E-mail to the right side. Click OK - Click on Filter and More Choices to get to the Category Filter. Click on Category and assign that category you are selecting for the Distribution List. Click OK to close the Categories and OK to close the Filter - What is now showing is the list of emails for the category you selected. Step 2: Copy the Email Rows - Now, left-click on the first row.

- Hold down the Shift key and click on the last row. This will highlight all rows. - Press Ctrl-C to copy to clipboard Step 3: Create the Distribution List from the Copy - Use Ctrl-Shift-L to create a new distribution list (don't be in a search box) - Click on Select Members and click the cursor in the Members text box - Press Ctrl-V to paste the list from the clipboard. Before you click OK scroll to the top, highlight and erase Full Name E-Mail. Now press OK - Give the List a Name like Melanie's Gold Mastermind and then Save and Close. You now have a new Distribution list which you can quickly email.

In the Contacts View find the List (remember it has the 2 heads in the contact title). Right-click and choose New Message to Contact. Copyright (c) 2007 The Software Magician.

There are fast, smart ways of finding Outlook Contact records instantly. Find out at http://www.outlookfortheentrepreneur.com Paul Wagner is a contributing writer, teacher, coach, consultant, and radio show host teaching businesses and entrepreneurs how to overcome technical overwhelm by working faster and smarter with their software in day-to-day business. Learn about Outlook Training on Video CD’s at http://www.softwaremagician.com

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