Difference Between CC and BCC in Emails

March 2018

Most email clients, including Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft Outlook, Live Mail, and Mozilla Thunderbird, give you the ability to send a single email to a large number of recipients. You can usually either choose to do so by CCing, which stands for "carbon copying," the recipients or by BCCing, or "blind carbon copying," them. The former simply sends a group email, while the latter conceals the identity of each of the involved contacts.

Entering Email Recipient in the "To" Field

To select the recipient or recipients of your email, enter their email address(es) in the "To" field. Some email clients and configurations allow you to simply enter a person's name in the field, which will then be automatically filled in by the program.

If you use this field to send an email to multiple people, they will each be able to see the complete list of other recipients.

How To CC in an Email

You can CC email recipients simply by entering the list of addresses into the CC field, which is usually found just beneath the To field.

How To BCC in an Email

You can hide the identities of your recipients by entering their addresses into the BCC field instead of using the To or CC fields.

You can use this option for both one-to-one and group emails. This is especially useful if you want to preserve the privacy of your contacts against spam and unsolicited emails or if you don't want your recipients to know who has received the same message.

The BCC field is not always available by default across email clients. For example, in Outlook, you will need to select Options to access the setting, and in Thunderbird, you will need to select it from a drop-down menu.

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Published by jak58. Latest update on March 15, 2018 at 07:21 PM by owilson.
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