Alan Zisman (c) 2008
Setting up mailing lists
in Yahoo Mail
problem—Yahoo Mail has two possible user interfaces, and the steps for
doing this are different for each. First, let’s walk through it using
the newer interface. If that doesn’t look familiar, I’ll repeat the
steps using the older ‘classic’ interface.
The new user interface looks like this:
that I since I don’t really use my Yahoo Mail account, there are no
messages in my Inbox). I’m going to click on the word Contacts in the
left-hand column (see image on next page).
Note the Add List
icon on the toolbar. In order to use it, however, I first have to have
all the people listed as individual contacts—so if they’re not already
listed in your Contacts list, you’ll have to add them by clicking Add
Contact. I’m going to add the members of the Gram Partisans band, one
at a time.
Click Save for each one, repeating until all the desired contacts are
click the Add List button. Give your list a name—note that the name
cannot include spaces. Then, start to type the name (or email address)
of one of your contacts to add to the list- notice that as you start to
type the name, it shows you all the existing contacts that match what
you’ve typed—you can just click on the name from that list without
having to type the whole thing.
When you’ve got everybody listed, click Save!
Now your list should appear alphabetically among all the individual
an email to the whole list is as simple as going to the Contacts,
clicking on the list, then clicking on the button that says: Email the
Yahoo Classic Mail
you’ve been using Yahoo Mail for a long time, you may be using the
Classic Mail interface. (Note that you can switch from one to the
other. Here’s the Classic interface:
on the Contacts tab… down at the bottom, I can quickly add a contact if
desired. In this interface, mailing lists are referred to as
Categories. Click on the Add Category. Give your category a name and
click Add Category.
back to the page that displays your contacts, put checkmarks beside the
ones that you want to add to your mailing list (aka category) and click
the Add to Category button:
This will let you select to add them to your newly-created Category.
you should see your category name in the column on the left—clicking on
it will display the names in that category and give you an option Send
Mail. (But in order to send mail, you have to check the names of the
contacts on the list—easiest way is to click on the Check All option
below the list of names, then click that Send Mail button).
Update 2016: reader Collette writes: You are the only person who has successfully advised how to use a Yahoo list to import contacts into an email.
The List should have no spaces! No-one else has ever said that so I
have spent the past FOUR YEARS clicking down a list to insert names -
and I'm fairly email savvy!!
I renamed my list and now I'm flyin'!