Of course, you need not pick up the list of names and addresses from an email — or anywhere. The same process that turns recipient lists from messages into Gmail groups also lets you enter them manually in as fast a fashion as you can type (without any clicking or navigating to interrupt).
Add Recipients to a Gmail Group Fast
To add email addresses to a group in Gmail contacts as a list (from a received message's To: or Cc: line, for instance):
- Go to Contacts in Gmail.
- Type g followed immediately by c with Gmail keyboard shortcuts enabled.
- Select the desired group on the left.
- You can also create a new group, of course: click New Group…, enter the desired name and click OK; then select the new group.
- Click Add to "[group name]" in the toolbar just above the list of existing members.
- Enter all the people and addresses you want to add.
- Separate recipients by comma (,) or semicolon (;).
- You can use just email addresses or names and addresses; if you add a name, make sure the email address appears in angle brackets: Frank .
- A list of people and addresses reading like
Frank , Kawamata Hachiko ; , email@example.com
would add four new members to the list, for instance, two with names.
- Click Add.
- If an address is already a member of the group, Gmail will not create a duplicate entry.
Now, you can mail the newly grown group fast.