- When and how should you use these two options?
- What does “cc” mean?
- Disadvantages of copies
- What does BC mean?
- Add blind copy recipients
When and how should you use these two options?
When composing an email to multiple recipients, the To field is not the only place to enter addresses. Two other fields, Cc and Bcc, also accept recipients. But what exactly are these fields for and when should they be used?
What does “cc” mean?
cc is an abbreviation for to copy . Before mail went digital, carbon paper made it possible to send the same letter to two people without having to write or type it twice.
When an email address is entered in the Cc field, that person receives a copy of the message sent to that person in the To field. This is useful for keeping people informed even if they are not the focus of the message.
You can enter multiple email addresses in the Cc field and all addresses will receive a copy of the email.
Separate each email address with a comma.
Disadvantages of copies
There are some drawbacks to sending electronic copies via email. When you use the Cc field, both the original recipient and all recipients of the copy see the email addresses to which the message was sent, and some people may object to their email address being made public.
Also, overflowing Cc fields don’t look right. They can grow quite tall and take up screen space. Even worse, when someone replies to everyone in your message, every recipient in the Cc field gets a reply.
What does BC mean?
Bcc means hidden copy . This field hides the email addresses entered in it. Only the original sender of the email can view BCC recipients. So to maintain maximum anonymity, enter your email address in the “To” field and use the CC for recipients.
People in the Bcc field also don’t receive reply emails from To or Cc recipients, which is useful during a long email conversation if you don’t want to send emails to other people’s inboxes.
CC is also useful when you send a newsletter or send a message to secret recipients.
Add blind copy recipients
Follow the links below for your operating system and email program to learn how to add BCC recipients to your email:
Windows Live Mail
macOS and OS X Mail