What do CC and BCC mean in emails?

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CC stands for carbon copy while BCC stands for blind carbon copy. Use CC when you want to send a copy of an email to a recipient. Use BCC when you want to send a copy with the recipient’s email address hidden.

CC and BCC are standard fields that you will see in your email inbox. But what does CC mean anyway? What is the BCC code? Here we will answer your questions by explaining both terms and how you can use them in your emails.

What do CC and BCC mean?

CC stands for Carbon Copy. Similarly, BCC stands for blind carbon copy. The term “carbon copy” comes from a time before email. When using physical notes and letters, the creator places a piece of carbon paper between the pages to make a copy.

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The terms CC and BCC have been carried over to the beginning of the email, where you can copy or copy another recipient on the message.

What does Sisi mean in an email?

Sending a copy to a recipient in an email or carbon copy means sending them a copy of the message by entering their email address in the Cc field. When you do this, people in the To line can see the email addresses of those in the Cc line and vice versa.

Related: How to CC or BCC in Gmail

When should you use CC?

When you send an email to a recipient, you add their address in the To field. This is the person the message is intended for and may require them to take action.

If you want to include someone else in the email just to keep them in the loop, this is the time to use the CC line. This ensures that the CC recipient understands that the email is informational only and requires no action.

CC field in an email

For example, you might email a client with a quote for the service and want to copy your manager so that he is aware of the message and quote. This is the perfect time to use the CC field.

You may also encounter situations where someone asks you to copy them on an email which is common in the workplace. This means that they want to stay in the loop, see the message you’re sending, or make it a reference. Again, this is when you should be using the CC field instead of the To line.

What does BCC mean in an email?

For a Bcc or Blind Carbon Copy, the recipient in an email message means copying it onto the message using the Bcc field. When you add someone to the BCC line in an email, they receive a copy of the message, but their email address remains private. This means that no one in the To or Cc fields can see the person’s email address blind Copy on the message.

Related: How to add BCC in Outlook emails

When should you use BCC?

If it’s important for the recipient to see an email, but you want to keep their email address private, now is the time to use Bcc.

BCC field in an email

For example, maybe you want to send an email to all of your customers telling them you’ll be out of the office for a few days, but you don’t want your customers to see each other’s email addresses. This is an excellent time to use the BCC field.

Similar to our CC example earlier, your boss or supervisor might ask you to blindly copy them on an email you send. While this still means that the person wants to stay on top of your message, they don’t want the intended recipient to see (in the To line) their email address.

One of the main differences between BCC and CC is that it is not just the field you use when processing email. The option you choose determines which email addresses other recipients can see.

And these are the basics of BCC and CC. Want to know more? Check how to add BCC in Outlook or how to CC or BCC in Gmail.


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