Creating Distribution Lists without using contacts

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  1. Snaganaga macrumors newbie

    Snaganaga

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    I have multiple email addresses that I do not want to add to my contacts but I do want to make a distribution list. I tried making a group and dragging the email addresses into that group and it doesn't work.

    Can anyone out there please help!?
     
  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    AFAIK you cannot do what you want with apple mail.

    You didn't give any context, but my guess is you have a group of people in possibly an organization who you want to send messages to periodically. If this is the case, you might give google groups a shot.
     
  3. NoBoMac macrumors 6502a

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    A hack, could be confusing: send an e-mail to your distribution list by entering each e-mail address. Mail should remember that list in the Previous Recipients window/list/DB. Next time, should provide that option when addressing.

    Huge downside, if you have multiple "lists" and you have overlap re: who is on which list, could be a pain to distinguish correct list.
     
  4. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    You didn't say why you don't want to add those contacts to your own Contacts but I suspect you don't want to see them crowding your Contacts or showing up on all your devices.

    I've got a similar situation and what I did was add them to a separate online account (syncing contacts only) which can be enabled/disabled as needed.
     
  5. NoBoMac macrumors 6502a

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    Good idea re: separate account. But then again, can easily enable/disable viewing of Groups in Contacts, to lessen the clutter.
     
  6. HenryAZ macrumors 6502

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    I ran across this workaround some time ago. Create a new message, populate the To: Cc: and Bcc: fields with your addresses, put a single character in the message body and Save As Stationary. Then, when you create a new message, show stationary and pick that one (it will be under Custom Stationaries).
     
  7. Snaganaga thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Money! Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!
     

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