How to Add Bcc Recipients in Outlook

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Make sure "Show Bcc" is clicked. Heinz Tschabitscher

Enable and use the Bcc field to send to hidden email recipients in Outlook

Blind Carbon Copies

Using the Bcc field you can send a copy of an email message to recipients whose email address are hidden from all other recipients. The Bcc field works just like the To and Cc fields in Outlook.

Where, Though, Is the Bcc Field in Outlook?

But what is a poor Outlook user to do if she sees no Bcc field?

She makes it visible, and uses the appropriate method whether she uses Outlook 2016, Outlook 2007, or a previous version with Word or without.

Add Bcc Recipients in Outlook

To send a message to a Bcc—blind carbon copy—recipient with Outlook:

  1. Make sure the Options ribbon is open while composing the message in Outlook.
  2. Now make sure Bcc is enabled in the Show Fields section.
  3. Enter recipients whose addresses you want to hide from other recipients in the Bcc… header field.

Add Bcc Recipients in Outlook (with the Bcc… Field Hidden)

Even without the Bcc… field visible, you can enter Bcc: recipients in Outlook (as an alternative to the steps above):

  1. Click To… while composing a message in Outlook.
    • ​You can also click Cc… instead or press Alt-. (period).
  2. To add contacts from your Outlook address book to the Bcc… field:
    1. Find and highlight the desired recipient's email address in the Select Names dialog.
    2. Click Bcc ->.
  1. To add an email address that is not in your Outlook contacts:
    1. Type the desired email address directly into field under Bcc ->.
      • ​​​Separate addresses with semicolons.
      • Add names in the format '"First Last" <>' (not including the outer quotation marks).
  2. ​Click OK.

When Should You Use Bcc?

It is best to stick to using the Bcc field only when you send a message to a group whose members do not know each other—and need not know each other.

Otherwise, it is better to use the Cc field and make explicit why each recipient gets a copy. (You can even have Outlook send an automatic Cc copy of each message you send to a certain address.)

Add Bcc Recipients in Outlook 2007

To add a Bcc: recipient in Outlook 2007:

  1. Go to the Options ribbon.
  2. Make sure Show Bcc is clicked.
  3. Use the Bcc... field like the To... and Cc... fields.

Add Bcc Recipients in Outlook 2002 and Outlook 2003

Using Wordmail:

  1. Click on the down arrow to the right of the Options button and select Bcc.

In Outlook itself:

  1. Select View | Bcc from the menu while composing a message.
  2. Use the Bcc... field like the To... and Cc... fields.

(Updated March 2016, tested with Outlook 2016)

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