How to make a list (or group)

Creating a new list and adding users to that list is very simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. New ListOpen Thunderbird
  2. Click on the Address Book button
  3. Select the address book where you want to create your list
  4. Click the New List button. Very important: lists are created in the address book you have selected. Be sure you select the correct address book for the list. This brings up a form.
  5. Give the list a name
  6. Hit the OK button. This will take you back to the address book

To add people to this list:

  1. Click on the address book where you just made the new list
  2. Find the user(s) you want to add to the list
  3. Click and drag the names to the list. Make sure before you let go that the name of the list highlights (that tells you are adding him to that list).
  4. Repeat this process for each person you want in that list.

You can double-check your work by clicking on the name of the list. This will show all the people that are in that list. Click back on the address book to continue adding people.


8 Responses to How to make a list (or group)

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  2. Dan says:

    I am trying to make a list by dragging and dropping onto a list, but the list never highlights. is there an option I need to turn on?

  3. Slushman says:

    Hey Dan,

    I’ve found out recently that they changed some things in 2.0 regarding creating & adding people to lists. You now have to hold down the option key when you drag someone. That should do it.


  4. Dallas Hinton says:

    I’m not sure this is the right topic, but it’s related!

    I have a friend who changed her email address (how unusual! ). Now when I type her first name in the “to” field of a new message, her old address is filled in, with her new address as an option in the list below.

    How can I remove her old address? It’s gone from my address book!

    Cheers, Dallas

  5. Ray Lance says:

    What is the “option” key? I tried holding down the Windows key while dragging a new contact into my list, but to no avail.

    The new contact does not yet have an email address — that appears to be stopping it, because when I put in a faked email address it did get added, without the option key.

    Is this a recent change? My mother’s entry does not have an email address and is in that same list.

  6. Tim says:

    I tried making a new group based on an old group but adding a few members. I used the old groups name in the new group mailing list. However, when I try to send an email to the composite group, I get a complex error message:

    An error occurred while sending mail. The mail server responded: 5.1.2 We weren’t able to find the recipient domain. Please check for any
    5.1.2 spelling errors, and make sure you didn’t enter any spaces, periods,
    5.1.2 or other punctuation after the recipient’s email address. d4sm3095383pbe.36. Please check the message recipient “CysterLab+Jason120313” and try again.

    Back to me: CysterLab+Jason120313 was the name of the group I was trying to build off of.

    Any suggestions?


  7. Ian Slater says:

    Doesn’t work. How do you select and drag names?

  8. Ian Slater says:

    Sorry – I have now got it to work, but it is a little different now.

    Create the List is as described above. You then to double-click on its name in the left hand column of the Address Book list to bring up a box entitled Mailing List. You can enter the email addresses by copying them in one-at-a-time from a typed list (as I did as I already have one) or typing them in.

    The list can of course be edited at any time by making new entries or right-clicking to delete.

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