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.
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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
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
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.
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.