Joining an Exchange distribution list using Outlook Web App (OWA)

A distribution group, also called a distribution list (DL), is a grouping of two or more contacts in Northwestern's Exchange address book that can be used as a mailing list for addresses. Most often you will be added to a DL by an owner of the list. However, sometimes you can join a DL manually.

If your account has been transitioned to Office 365, please see this article to manage groups using the AD Group Management tool.

  1. From the upper right hand corner click the Gear icon and select Options.
    This image shows the location of the gear icon users must click to access OWA options. The gear icon is located in the top right corner next to the question mark. Options is the last item on the drop down menu.
  2. From the left navigation menu click Groups to view the groups you belong to or own.
  3. From the list titled distribution groups I belong to, click the join icon (two people with plus sign) to display a list of available distribution lists.
    Join OWA DL
  4. Search for the group you wish to join.
  5. Select the group you want and click the join icon again.
  6. Depending on whether you are eligible to join a group, you will either receive a confirmation notification or an error window alerting that you do not have the privileges to join the group.

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Keywords:owa DL exchange webmail   Doc ID:62627
Owner:TSS Tier 2 .Group:Northwestern
Created:2016-04-10 20:52 CSTUpdated:2019-09-15 16:15 CST
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