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By default, the Bcc box (blind carbon copy) is not displayed in Microsoft Outlook.

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By default, the Bcc box does is not displayed in a new mail message. This design decision was made to reduce screen "clutter" by removing less frequently used options from immediate view.

To display the Bcc box, use one of the following methods, depending on whether you use Microsoft Word as your e-mail editor or the native Outlook e-mail editor.

Method 1: You use Outlook 2002 or Outlook 2003 and you use Word as Your E-mail Editor

To display the Bcc box:
  1. Open a new e-mail message.
  2. Click the arrow next to Options to display the Options menu.
  3. Click Bcc.

Method 2: You use Outlook 2002 or Outlook 2003 and you use Outlook as Your E-mail Editor

To display the Bcc box:
  1. Open a new e-mail message.
  2. On the View menu, click Bcc Field. If the Bcc Field command is not displayed on the View menu, the Personalized Menus and Toolbars option is enabled. Double-click the View menu to display the full View menu.

Method 3: You use Outlook 2007

To display the Bcc box:
  1. Open a new e-mail message, and then click Options.
  2. On the Fields area, click Show Bcc.

Note The following example shows how blind carbon copy works.
From: Richard
To: Julie; Chris
Bcc: Phillip; Patrick

In this example, Richard has sent the message to four people: Julie, Chris, Phillip, and Patrick. Message recipients that are listed in the To box are not aware of message recipients that are listed in the Bcc box. In this example, Julie and Chris are unaware that Phillip and Patrick have received the message. Message recipients that are listed in the Bcc box are also not aware of each other. In this example, Phillip is not aware that Patrick has received a copy of the message, but he does know that Chris and Julie have each received a copy of the message.

Method 3: You use Outlook 2010

To display the Bcc box, follow these steps:
  1. Open a new e-mail message, and then click Options.
  2. In theShow Fields area, click Bcc.

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Article ID: 299804 - Last Review: May 18, 2010 - Revision: 4.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002 Standard Edition
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