How to Add Bcc Recipients in Gmail

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Using the Bcc field, you can send copies of emails to hidden recipients in Gmail

Into the Unseen

While every recipient can see the To: line of an email you sent in Gmail, you can also deliver a message to multiple recipients with their email addresses hidden to all others.

Bcc, blind carbon copy, does the magic. The Bcc: field works just like the To: field when you address a message in Gmail, you just have to show it before you can use it.

Add Bcc Recipients in Gmail

To add Bcc recipients to messages in Gmail:

  1. Select COMPOSE from the left Gmail navigation bar.
  2. Type the primary recipient in the To: line.
  3. Click Bcc.
    • ​You can also press Ctrl-Shift-B (Windows, Linux) or Command-Shift-B (Mac).
  4. Enter all the recipients' email addresses in the Bcc: field.
  5. Continue editing your message and eventually click Send.

When Should I Use Bcc in Gmail?

Use hidden Bcc recipients only when sending to a group of recipients who do not know each other (but are aware the message is sent to a group).

With this exception, adding recipients to the Cc: and To: fields is preferable because it is more transparent.

(Updated March 2016)