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How to Add a BCC in Outlook Emails

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In Outlook for Windows, select Options > BCC. On the web and on Mac, click “BCC” next to the “To” field. On Android, iPhone, and iPad, tap the arrow to the right of the “To” field. Finally, add the recipient’s email address to the BCC field.

You can use the blind carbon copy (BCC) field to send a copy of an email to others without showing their email addresses to the primary recipients. Here’s how to add a BCC in Outlook on Windows, the web, Mac, Android, iPhone, and iPad.

What Is Blind Carbon Copy (BCC)?

Blind carbon copy (BCC) allows you to send a copy of an email to the recipient(s) you enter in the BCC field. However, the other recipients won’t see the email addresses of those entered in this field.

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The BCC option has many uses. For example, you might decide to BCC your supervisor so they can see a message without alerting your coworker, who is the key recipient. Or, you might email a complaint to a company and BCC your spouse, so they have a record of the message without displaying their email address to the company.

How to BCC in Outlook on Windows

You can include a BCC in an Outlook email on Windows in two different ways. You can simply add the field or choose the BCC recipient, which automatically inserts the field.

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Add the BCC Field

Open a new email compose window. Then, select the Options tab at the top and click “BCC” in the Show Fields section of the ribbon.

BCC on the Options tab for a new Outlook message on Windows

Add your recipient(s) in the BCC field that displays.

BCC field in an Outlook email

To remove the field, click “BCC” in the ribbon to deselect the option.

Insert a Contact From the Address Book

If you want to insert a contact from your address book into the BCC field, you can do so.

Open a new message window and click either the “To” or “CC” button.

To and CC buttons in an Outlook email

When the Select Names window opens, choose the address book in the drop-down box at the top.

Then, select the contact you want and click “BCC” at the bottom. Add more addresses to the To, CC, or BCC fields the same way, and select “OK” when you finish.

Select Names window in Outlook

This adds the field to the message with your chosen email address included.

BCC field with an email address added in Outlook

How to Add a Blind Carbon Copy in Outlook on the Web

If you use Outlook on the web, you can add a BCC to an email easily.

Head to Outlook online and sign in with your Microsoft account. Create a new message and click “BCC” on the right side of the “To” field.

BCC next to the To field on Outlook.com

This then adds the field to the message. You can now enter the email address or use the BCC button to choose a contact.

BCC field in an Outlook email

How to BCC in Outlook on Mac

If you’re a Mac user, here’s how to add a blind CC in Outlook for macOS.

First, select “New Message” to start composing. Then, simply click “BCC” on the right side of the “To” field.

BCC next to the To field in Outlook on Mac

The BCC field then falls into place for you to add the recipient(s).

BCC field in an Outlook email on Mac

How to Blind Copy in Outlook on Android, iPhone, and iPad

In the Outlook mobile app on Android, iPhone, and iPad, you can add a BCC to a message in just a few taps.

Open the Outlook app and start a new message like you normally would.

Tap the arrow on the right side of the “To” field. You’ll see both the CC and BCC fields appear in your email. You can then use both fields or just the BCC option.

BCC field in an Outlook email on mobile

Now that you know how to blind copy in Outlook, check out how to use CC and BCC in Gmail too.