Managing an Exchange distribution group that you own 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. As the owner of a distribution list, you can manage its members as well as various list settings.

Note: 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 own, double-click the group name you want to modify.
  4. Within the distribution groups window that opens, modify settings and/or membership by clicking the setting name.


  • Display Name: The group name cannot be changed.
  • Alias: The group's email address, cannot be changed.
  • Description: This optional field provides a description of the group. Only group owners may alter this field.


  • Click the + sign, and select the owner you wish to add from the list that appears. Note that a group must have at least one owner.
  • Click Save when you're done.


  • To add a member, click the + sign, and select the member you wish to add from the list that appears.
  • To remove a member, click the member, then click the - sign.
  • Click Save when you're done.

Membership Approval

  • Select the type of Membership Approval you want.
  • Open allows anyone to join with no approval.
  • Closed requires Group Owners to add all new members and automatically rejects requests to join.
  • Owner Approval routes requests to join to Group Owners, who then accept or deny the request.

Delivery Management

  • To restrict who can send messages to this group, click the + sign, and select the Member you wish to give sending rights from the list that appears.
  • By default, the list is blank and anyone can message this group; once a name is added to the list, only members appearing in the list may message the group.

Message Approval

  • Click the checkbox next to “Messages sent to this group have to be approved by a moderator” to make all message sent to the group require moderator approval.
  • Group Moderators: To add moderators to the group, click the + sign, and select a moderator from the list that appears.
  • Senders who don’t require message approval: To exempt some senders from moderator approval, click the + sign, and select an exempted sender from the list.
  • Select Moderation Notifications: Choose to notify all senders when messages aren’t approved, only notify senders within Northwestern, or to send no notification for messages that aren’t approved.

Email Options

  • All emails that will direct messages to members of the group are listed here.


  • Type a MailTip in the text box.
  • The MailTip will appear in the infobar for OWA users when they the group is included in the To line of a message being composed.

For additional assistance please contact the IT Support Center at 847-491-4357 (1-HELP), via chat at or via email at

Keywords:email settings "setup" public DL list contact group   Doc ID:62661
Owner:TSS Tier 2 .Group:Northwestern
Created:2016-04-11 15:10 CDTUpdated:2019-02-04 11:59 CDT
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