Hide recipients in Microsoft® Outlook
What is the method to hide the e-mail addresses from other recipients in Microsoft Outlook?
The user can hide the e-mail addresses of the recipients while sending e-mails to multiple recipients through the use of Bcc field in Microsoft Outlook. The Bcc field or the blind carbon copy in the Outlook application window helps the user to hide the e-mail addresses of other recipients. For that the user should open the Outlook application window. Then click on the new mail button in the 'Home' tab. Now e-mail compose application window will appear. Now the user should create the e-mail needed to send to the other users. After preparing the e-mail, the user can either add the contacts to the ‘Cc’ section or to the ‘To’ section. But for hiding the e-mail addresses, the user should add the contact addresses at the Bcc section below the Cc field. Now press the 'Send' button. The e-mail addresses would not be visible to any of the recipients.
Discussed below are some points related with the benefits and purpose of hiding the e-mail address from other recipients:
- Purpose and benefits
- Steps to enable Bcc
- Points to remember while doing so
Purpose and benefits
The main purpose of the Bcc option is to protect the e-mail from other recipients. Normally, each recipient will view the e-mail addresses of other recipients while the sender sends e-mails to multiple users. In such cases, some recipients cause certain issues by manipulating the e-mail addresses of others. The 'Hide' option will enable the protection of the addresses and also helps the sender to personalize the actions.
Steps to enable the Bcc option
The Bcc field in the Outlook application would be disabled in the Window by default. So the user should enable the field before sending e-mails. For that click on the 'Options' tab at the new mail window and select the Bcc option in the show fields category. Now the Bcc field would appear at the e-mail creation wizard under the Cc field.
The recipients of the e-mail can still manipulate the e-mail addresses even if the user sends the mail through Bcc field. The reply to all functionality with the e-mails help them in sending e-mails to all the e-mail addresses of the recipients without viewing the address. So the user should send e-mails individually if required to keep the e-mail addresses safe. Enable the Bcc before sending the e-mail since the option is disabled in Outlook by default.
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