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Sending Email Using BCC (Blind Carbon Copy)

If you are sending an email to many recipients, and those recipients do not know each other, it is customary to use a Blind Carbon Copy (BCC). This is the same as a CC (Carbon Copy) email but the other recipients are hidden, and so you are not providing potentially private email addresses to a large number of people. However, the BCC option does not appear by default.

Outlook Express / Windows Mail (Windows Vista)

  1. Start a new message.

  2. Go to the View menu and click All Headers:

  3. Enter the recipients in the BCC field in the header, or click BCC and select the addresses required from the Address Book.

  4. Send the message.

The recipients will still be visible in your copy of the email stored in Sent Items, but the email received by each recipient will not include the other addresses. To test this, include yourself in the BCC list.

Outlook 2000/2002/2003

  1. Start a message.

  2. Go to the View menu and click Bcc Field.

  3. Enter the recipients in the Bcc field in the header, or click Bcc and select the addresses required from the Address Book.

  4. Send the message.

If the Bcc option does not appear in the View menu, Outlook may be using Word to edit email messages. In which case:

  1. Click the down arrow next to the Options button:

  2. Click the Bcc option.

Outlook 2007

  1. Start a message.

  2. Click Options in the ribbon.

  3. Click Show BCC.

Outlook 2013

  1. Start a message.

  2. Click Message in the ribbon.

  3. Click BCC.

Mozilla Thunderbird

  1. Start a message.

  2. Click on the To field:

  3. Choose Bcc from the drop-down list.

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