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How do I find the list of BCC'ed recipients in outgoing email?


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.

“This is about looking at the BCC’ed recipients on a message that you

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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22 comments on “How do I find the list of BCC'ed recipients in outgoing email?”

  1. 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).

    Kika in Calgary, AB, Canada.

  2. 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?

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.


  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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…..

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