Change List Name and Defaults

Many settings for each of your lists can be changed or edited from the List name & defaults page, including list name, signup method, campaign defaults, subscription settings, and subscribe/unsubscribe notifications.

In this article, you'll learn where to view certain list settings and how to update them.

Find the List Name & Defaults Page

  1. Navigate to the Lists page.
  2. Click the drop-down menu next to the list you want to work with and choose Settings.
    choose settings
  3. Click List name & defaults.

From this page, you can review and update many settings. When you're finished, click  Save List And Campaign Defaults.

Change the List Name

To change the name of your list, type the new name into the List name field.

Type new list name

Change Form Settings

Each MailChimp list has an associated signup form, which you can share to grow your contacts. On the List name & defaults page, you can choose a signup method, or add reCAPTCHA confirmation to your embedded or pop-up form. (ReCAPTCHA is automatically included on our hosted, general forms.) If you want to customize your form's related pages and response emails, use the Form Builder.

Signup Method

Forms use a signup method, like single opt-in or double opt-in, that determines what steps are taken before a contact is added to your list. Your list is single opt-in by default. This means that when someone fills out your form, they’ll be added to your list right away.

Toggle the slider to the green checkmark to enable double opt-in for your list, which adds an extra confirmation step to your signup process. Or, learn a little more about single opt-in vs. double opt-in.
Screenshot of the form settings switch.


To prevent fake signups, we automatically add a special reCAPTCHA checkbox to your hosted signup forms that spambots can't access. If you use an embedded or pop-up form, you can check the box next to Enable reCAPTCHA to add it to your signup process.

After reCAPTCHA is turned on, subscribers will have to check a protected reCAPTCHA box before they can join your list.

Set the From Name and Email, and Subject Line


The content you enter here will appear automatically in the Campaign Builder each time you create a new campaign to send to this list. Defaults help maintain consistency among the campaigns sent to a specific list, but you can change that information for a single campaign in the Campaign Builder at any time.
Campaign Builder campaign defaults

Change Subscription Settings

Subscription Settings

Under the Campaign defaults heading, choose how you want to interact with contacts when they subscribe or unsubscribe from your list.

  • Send a final welcome email 
    Sends a welcome message to subscribers after they've confirmed their subscription to your list. Imported and individually added subscribers don't receive this welcome email. You can  customize the final welcome email in the Form Builder.

  • Let users pick plain-text or HTML emails 
    Adds an option for subscribers to choose what type of email they prefer to receive. This option is checked on by default. If you turn this option off, all subscribers will receive the HTML version. This setting can also be changed in the Form Builder.

  • Send unsubscribe confirmations to subscribers 
    Will send a "Goodbye" email to subscribers after the unsubscribe process is complete. This email is a helpful way to confirm the unsubscribe action, and provides an opportunity for the person to resubscribe if they've made a mistake. Some subscribers find these emails annoying, so it's up to you whether you include it. The "Goodbye" email can be edited in the Form Builder.


Select subscriptions settings

Subscribe and Unsubscribe Notifications

Subscribe and unsubscribe notifications alert you when someone joins or leaves your list. Under the New subscriber notifications heading, provide one or more email addresses to receive the notifications you're interested in. One by one notifications are sent each time a subscriber joins or leaves your list, and Summary notifications condense activity into a single, daily digest email.

You may provide email addresses for any, all, or none of the options. Separate multiple addresses with a comma, and note there is a 100-character limit for each field. 

 Here is an example of an individual subscribe notification email.

If you do not wish to receive these sort of notifications, leave the notification fields blank. If you have trouble receiving these notifications, check out our troubleshooting tips

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