“BCC” stands for “Blind Carbon Copy,” so named because when you add an email address to the BCC field, it will appear in the message as being visible only to carbon copy recipients. Still, it will be fully invisible in Gmail’s web interface – giving them no way to know who else received a read receipt for that particular message.

Who can see the BCC of your messages?

When you create an email and start writing it, there will be a “BCC” field at the bottom for blind carbon copying people (and removing them if necessary). People with access to this list will be able to see BCC recipients as well as those without.

Why would I ever need to use BCC?

There are three common reasons people use Blind Carbon Copy.

The first is to protect privacy when sending out copies of an email or even just covering your own butt, on the off chance that you didn’t get an email, but someone who gets a copy claims they did.

The second is to inform a group of people about an email without also sending them any replies that will end up going back to the sender.

The third reason is when the normal “To” field would reveal private information, such as when you are emailing someone who might recognize your name but doesn’t know your address. In this case, BCC can protect your privacy while still letting you send an email.

How do I create a Blind Carbon Copy list?

In order to create a BCC list for sending out emails with multiple recipients in Gmail, add all the addresses in the “BCC” field at the bottom of your message window in Gmail and then hit send! If you have existing contacts in your Google account already with email addresses, Gmail will automatically add them to the list.

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If I’m BCC’d on an email…

You have been included in a message as a BCC recipient. Unfortunately, this means you have no way of seeing who else has been copied on that message in Gmail’s web interface.

A nice way of protecting privacy when sending out copies of an email or even just covering your own butt, on the off chance that you didn’t get an email, but someone claims they did.

If you were BCC’d by mistake and want to tell everyone involved, you can hit reply all instead of reply and send the new message to all the people who received it originally-except for yourself in order to keep from accidentally letting anyone know.

Is BCC really hidden?

When you create an email and start writing it, there will be a “BCC” field at the bottom for blind carbon copying people (and removing them if necessary). People with access to this list will be able to see BCC recipients as well as those without.

What are the differences between CC and BCC?

The most important difference between carbon copies and blind carbon copies is that everyone who receives a normal copy of an email can see all the other recipients. Still, nobody who receives a blind copy knows who else received it. This makes BCC ideal for situations where you want to protect privacy or prevent anyone from knowing they’ve been copied on the message.

How do I avoid sending BCC by mistake?

If you were BCC’d on an email by mistake and want to tell everyone involved, you can hit reply all instead of reply and send the new message, which will be visible to all of them except yourself so as not to let anyone know accidentally.

What happens when I type my email address in BCC?

When typing your own email address in the BCC field, it will automatically appear filled out. If you want to remove someone from the list, erase their email address!

What if I don’t have any contacts with email addresses?

If you do not have any contacts saved in your Gmail account which have email addresses associated with them, then when you go to add a person to the To: or Cc: fields, their email address won’t be visible until you click “Show Options.” In this case, it is necessary that Google Auto-Complete Contacts for you, and then their Information will appear automatically, filling in your BCC field for future emails.

Is there a way around checking individual boxes?

To make things easier if adding an email to the BCC field is difficult. It’s possible to select all of the email addresses you wish to copy by typing each one into the BCC field and hitting “enter” on your keyboard for each one, or by using the “select all” option at the bottom of your list. This will automatically place all of them in the BCC field without having to do it individually.

What are some common situations where I might use BCC?

If you have an email that needs to go out to several people, but some names don’t need to be included, then this would be a good time for blind carbon copies. Another instance might be sending an email with personal information that you don’t want everyone reading, so instead of putting their name in the To: or Cc: fields, you could put them in BCC.

Summary

  • BCC is used to send the same email to multiple recipients without revealing all of their email addresses.
  • You can create a BCC list by adding people in Gmail or copying and pasting from contacts in your Google account
  • Emails that are sent with BCC will be visible in Gmail’s “All Mail” section accessible through the left menu bar.
  • It is possible to add yourself (the sender) to the Cc: field, but not necessary; you can avoid this altogether by replying all instead of replying!
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