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BCC'ed recipients are not visible to the other recipients. But if you're the sender you probably see the BCC line on messages you've sent.

How do we find out who we listed in the "BCC" section in our outgoing email? In other words, how do we display the BCC addresses after having sent the message to the recipients? I know it is virtually impossible to do this for incoming emails with Outlook 2003. With the Mac Environment it is extremely simple since all one has to do is view the raw source and code information for the outgoing message(s).

This isn't as much about the environment (Mac or PC) as it is about the email program that you're using. Some make it easy, some make hard, and others make it impossible.

I do want to be clear first: as the person asking the question mentioned, this is not about email that you've received. I've covered that in another article, "How to I view the list of BCC'ed recipients on an email I've received?". The short answer there is that you cannot.

This is about looking at the BCC'ed recipients on a message that you sent.

First off, you must configure your email program to save your sent email. If you're not doing that, then there's nothing to look at for this information.

Outlook 2003 appears to make it easy. If you go look at the message in your Sent Items folder, you should see a BCC line listing the BCC'ed recipients.

Outlook Express makes it hard. If you go look at the message in your Sent Items folder, you won't see a BCC line. However, with the message open, click on the message's File menu, then click on the Properties item. Then click on the Details tab, and you'll see the raw source to the message, including the BCC line.

"This is about looking at the BCC'ed recipients on a message that you sent."

Hotmail, surprisingly enough, makes it easy if you remember to check "Copy Message to Sent Folder" before you sent the email. Then you can just click on the Sent Messages folder, click on the message you sent, and the BCC line will be included in the display.

As I said, other mailers do it differently, or not at all. But the difference is, indeed, in the mail program you're using.

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23 Comments
Kika
March 1, 2007 9:08 PM

Thank You Leo!
You were kind to a Mac user and it is appreciated (especially by my children who use the Microsoft/PC - environment/architecture).

Cheers.
Kika in Calgary, AB, Canada.

Jim Lorenz
March 11, 2007 12:46 PM

I have Outlook 2003, I went into the Sent Folder, but did not see a BCC listed with my recepients, what am I doing wrong?

Jack
August 11, 2007 11:35 PM

Thank you Leo, just the thing I was looking
for (Outlook Express), Frappuccino sent!

anand
September 3, 2008 9:29 PM

Found very much informative, keep up the great job mike,
(Leo pls help How to get the BCC option in outlook 2003)
cheers
anand

Dennis Campbell
November 3, 2008 7:05 AM

I tried this for both Outlook and Hotmail, with no success. No bcc line ever appears in either program.

Karen
April 13, 2009 3:48 PM

how do i see the bcc address in an email I sent from my mac email, the mobile me account? I have it in my sent folder however it takes me to some idisk folder that doesn't list the addresses?
thanks

Ro
June 21, 2009 8:31 AM

Thank you so much!! I've tried lots of sources to find the answer to this particular question, with no results until I found yours.

Judy
October 12, 2009 8:12 AM

I have Outlook 2007. I just found out (thanks to this forum) that I have to 'double click' the message in the Sent folder, then the list of recipients is in the BCC line of the message that was sent. Thank you so much!
Judy in Wisconsin

Arun
November 13, 2009 9:07 AM

Hi, Thanks for solution, but can you extend your answer on how to look at Bcc'd recipients address in outgoing email on Outlook WebAccess? Thank you.

Joni
November 18, 2009 12:10 PM

Thank you. I have outlook express. Now, how do I print that list after I've viewed it?

Marilyn Lee
December 1, 2009 7:44 AM

BCC recipients WERE always visible in Yahoo mail Classic. Now in the new version, they are not. So I do not know what Outlook Express has to do with that. I do have a sent box and I can see the other email contacts. Something I need to click on in the new version? MLee

Jeny
December 1, 2009 10:39 PM

Thanks for the answer -- double-clicking the email from the Sent folder in Outlook 2007!! Saved my day! :)

Nan B
January 9, 2010 12:38 PM

On a Mac, open the email and click on View > Message > Long Headers and voila!

paul
March 2, 2010 12:46 PM

gee, i didnt know that one. ive often tried without success to remember who i bcc d to. now i know. thanx

Val
March 10, 2010 12:07 AM

What I need to find out is how to get a BCC line in a new e-mail so I can ues it.

Depends entirely on what email program or service you use. It's different depending on which.
Leo
10-Mar-2010

Lisa Kramer Taruschio
April 23, 2010 7:53 AM

I still don't know how I can see the list of people I have bc's in emails I have sent (for Yahoo classic or the new Yahoo). Please inform.

edkugler
August 2, 2010 6:40 PM

Both my Outlook 2007 and my GMail webpage are configured to save my messages in the Sent folder. The BCC field is displayed when I want it to be. I have sent a message with blind copies to about 40 recipients. I would like to follow it up but cannot find a way to display them again in the message in the Sent folder. Contrary to what is said on this page, the blind copy field is not displayed in the Sent folder of either Outlook or GMail (using either the Internet Explorer or the Chromium (Iron) browser. Any suggestions? I appreciate any help you can give me.

unknown
August 23, 2011 2:06 PM

How about in 2010? I've tried everything. My "properties" section does not have a details section. If I right click before opening the email the "properties" option does not exist. This is going to make me crazy. I've tried everything I could find on the internet today and still can't see the receipants I've BCC'ed in a sent email.

In 2010 what? You mean Outlook 2010? How do I view full headers in Outlook 2010? might help. But remember, there is no guarantee that the BCCed recipients have been saved anywhere after you press send.

Leo
24-Aug-2011
Sarah
January 3, 2012 9:39 AM

Thank you so much! This was a HUGE help!

Adya
July 17, 2012 4:55 AM

Thank you so much!
Gives a secure feeling.

Ruth Scott
July 22, 2012 7:15 AM

In Forwarding an email I always delete the name
of the sender, then click on BCC and check off the ones I want to forward to - now the list of my Contacts does not appear - how do I correct this?

Veer
September 29, 2012 1:44 PM

Hi! I'd really appreciate some direction on this one....
How do I SEE all Bcc addresses included in mail sent by my employees(ms outlook 2003,2007) using my account ?? [Note: 50 employees handling a min. of 25 different emails everyday and most of them 'smart' enough to delete sent items]...
I used some custom VBA code {UEL removed} to receive a copy of outgoing mail automatically but it doesn't expose the BCCs - I was hoping that the code could be tweaked to catch the BCCs and mail them to me upon occurrence.....
Thanks!!

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