gmail groups

Multiple email services offer the feature to create contact groups, but today we’re concentrating on creating them in Gmail and why they are useful.  One of the things I don’t like about Gmail is that when I go to compose an email, there’s no way to have my contact list pop-up so that I can select the contacts that I want to send the email to from the compose screen. Sure, I could go to the contacts first and do it, but that’s not always convenient, especially when I want to forward a message to multiple people. If you use Gmail, you’ll know what I’m talking about. So the solution to the problem? Create contact groups!

It occurred to me yesterday that some of you may not know that this is something that you can do. It’s simple, and it’ll save you some time.  So here’s how to create a contact group in Gmail:

  1. Click contacts (on the left side)
  2. Click “new group” button (top-left corner)
  3. Choose the name of the group
  4. Click OK

Now it’s time to add contacts to a group:

  1. Go to your contacts list and select all of the contacts that you’d like to be part of a group
  2. Then go to the groups drop-down menu and under “Add to” you’ll click on the group you want those contacts to be a part of

That’s it! Then when you go to compose an email, you can just type in the name of the group in the “To” field and it will automatically send it to all of the people that are a part of the group. For example, I created a group called “family” that includes all of my family members.  When there’s something I need to send to them, I simply type “family” in the address box and then all of their email addresses are added. Keep in mind that you can create as many contact groups as you’d like. Just remember to name the groups something that will be easy to remember, otherwise it defeats the purpose. :)