Using CC and BCC When Composing Email

In addition to sending email 'to' someone, you can also include additional email addresses in the CD and BCC fields. CC is a way to send copies of your messages to people that need to know the information, but don't need to respond. BCC is a good way to send messages to people without sharing their email address with others.

Comments: 12 Responses to “Using CC and BCC When Composing Email”

    Thomas S. England
    4 years ago

    Is there a way to see the names of people that were BCC’d on an email that has been sent?

      4 years ago

      For a message that you sent, yes. You should see that when you look in your sent email mailbox. The TO, CC and BCC information is all there in the header.

    Ed
    4 years ago

    Nice summary. Unless I missed it, I did not hear you tell what the B in BCC stands for — “blind”.

    Jimmy
    4 years ago

    Thanks. Very helpful

    Keith Flanagan
    4 years ago

    Gary,
    I love your podcast and usually you are 100% accurate. Not today though. You do NOT need a To: recipient to use BCC: I send email using just BCC: recipients all the time. The only thing is that it will show up in the senders email as to “No Recipients”.

      4 years ago

      You are right! But that definitely wasn’t true in the past at some point. If you tried to send email from Mac Mail in the past without a “to” it wouldn’t let you. Not sure when that changed.

      Dennis Craig
      4 years ago

      Exactly. I use Bcc: a lot when I send out fairly sensentive emails to groups when I don’t want to embarrass others in the group. You do NOT need to have a name in the TO: block.

        Bob Perdriau
        4 years ago

        If I send email using some BCC entries each recipient can reply and I get the responses. Does everyone else on the BCC list get them?

        Also, if I do a Reply All to an email that has BCC recipients do those recipients get copies?

        I think the answer to both questions is no but this is a potential for major communication problems and mis-understandings.

          4 years ago

          If a BCCed person replies, it can go just to the “reply-to” address or the reply-to, to and cc addresses if they hit “reply all.” But it cannot go to others you BCCed because that information never goes to that person. Their email app doesn’t have any way to know who the other BCC people are, or even if there are any.

    Alice Szasz
    3 years ago

    Enjoyed your video. It really helps, but how many email addresses can I put in the BCC before it is considered spam? I have a church mailing list for our newsletter.

    3 years ago

    Alice: Depends on your email provider. But I would say that any number is too many. If you want to send out a newsletter, you should do it with an email newsletter service.

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