Anyone who sends emails regularly has probably heard the abbreviations CC and BCC – but what do they actually mean and how do you use them correctly? TECHNOLOGY BUTTON explains.
If you want to send e-mails to several recipients, you have several options. Perhaps the most obvious thing to do is to simply enter all of the recipient’s e-mail addresses (in many e-mail programs “To:”). You should only do this, however, if the mail is expressly addressed to this group of people and a response may even be expected. However, many e-mails are sent to other recipients for information. There are the options CC and BCC for e-mails.
This is what CC means for emails
The abbreviation “CC” literally means “carbon copy”. If you receive an e-mail in which you have been placed in the CC tab, this usually means: The e-mail is not addressed directly to you, but is only intended for information or information. You basically get a copy.
Some mail software providers also name the functions differently. It can happen that the word copy is displayed instead of CC.
When sending emails to several people at the same time in the CC, it is important that all recipients see who the message was sent to. You should always be a little careful here – some recipients may not agree to their email address being passed on. The function is therefore useful for teamwork or when you send the mail to the circle of friends. Under no circumstances should, for example, press releases or other emails that are sent to representatives of different companies be sent via CC. Use BCC in emails for this.
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That means BCC in mail
The abbreviation “BCC” stands for “blind carbon copy”. If you receive a mail and are set in BCC, you will also see a copy of the message as with CC – with the difference that you cannot see who else received the mail in BCC. Likewise, none of the others can see who received the mail via BCC. You can of course see the CC recipients, normal recipients and the sender. However, in this way BCC protects the privacy of the individual BCC recipients. And also with the abbreviation BCC it can happen that the German translation, ie “blind copy”, is used instead of the three letters.
How do I activate CC and BCC in emails?
In principle every provider, regardless of whether Microsoft Outlook, Gmail or GMX. But sometimes it is not that easy to find the functions immediately.
With Microsoft Outlook, only the CC is visible in the standard setting. To activate the BCC, open a new mail, go to the “Options” tab and select it there.
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At GMX and at Web.de you have to open the tab first. The field for this can be found on the right under the “Send” button. This is also the case with many other providers, where the terms can be different: for example, names the functions “copy” and “blind copy”.
This also works with Gmail, a click on the CC and BCC font opens the desired field. The same goes for Yahoo Mail. This setting works similarly with other mail providers.