How do I send a mass email to many, without them knowing?

I was asked by a friend of mine today, how do you send emails to many people in your address book all at the same time, but without them knowing you have sent the same email to others (as it often apears in the Cc section of the email). This could be when you apply to jobs for example, as companies like to feel ‘special’ and individual, and your only interested in joining them, they hate the fact your applying else where, although everyone does it.

So back to the question, well one way to do this is extremely easy, and you may kick yourself if you didnt know.

This is where knowing what the difference between Cc and Bcc on your email client can be really useful.

Cc stands for carbon copy which means that whose address appears after the Cc: header would receive a copy of the message. Also, the Cc header would also appear inside the header of the received message.

Bcc stands for blind carbon copy which is similar to that of Cc except that the Email address of the recipients specified in this field do not appear in the received message header and the recipients in the To or Cc fields will not know that a copy sent to these address.

So for the scenario of sending out the same email to many recipients with out them knowing, then we would submit all of our email address into the Bcc field.

Note: If you cant see the Cc or Bcc function on your email client, then go to ‘view’ in the tool bar at the top and scroll down to Cc or Bcc and turn the fields on. (Mac users can use cmd alt+b to turn Bcc on).

I know fairly straight forward and simply, but I hope it is of use to someone out there, lets say; the less internet savy amongst us 🙂



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  • David Gilkes

    Thank you for explaining this, it seems extremely logical now after reading the post.
    I will certainly be using this in the future. Thanks. Dave.