How to send an email to Undisclosed Recipients

Email iconApparently people enjoy emailing me jokes, videos, links, and pictures. A lot of the [tag]email[/tag] I get lists 50+ email addresses in the “TO” or the “CC” field. I never was one to like seeing my email address put out there on public display like that. It’s a great way for people to grab it and add it to a SPAM list or add it to a list to sell. There is one lady that has impresses me with the email that she sends. All that it ever says in the “TO” field is [tag]undisclosed recipients[/tag]. I knew that she was using the “[tag]BCC[/tag]” feature somehow, but I was unsure of exactly what it was that she was doing.

Come to find out, it is reasonably easy to send an email to undisclosed recipients. I will show you an easy way to do this with [tag]gmail[/tag]:

  • Click Compose Mail to start a new message.
  • Type “Undisclosed recipients <” followed by your Gmail address followed by a closing “>” in the To: field.
    • If your Gmail address is, for example, this would go in the To: field: Undisclosed recipients <>.
  • Click Add Bcc.
  • Type the email addresses of all intended recipients in the Bcc: field.
    • Make sure you separate addresses by comma.
    • If you write the same group of recipients repeatedly, you can make it a list.
  • Now type the message and its subject, and finally click Send.

If you use [tag]outlook[/tag] express, the first steps are a bit more involved, but it is still fairly simple.First, we’ll create a convenient address book entry that makes sending emails to undisclosed recipients a lot easer:

  • Select Tools | Address Book… from the menu.
  • Click the New button in the toolbar and select New Contact….
  • Type “Undisclosed” in the First: field.
  • Type “recipients” under Last:.
  • Type your email address under E-Mail Addresses:.
  • Click Add.
  • Now click OK.

To compose and deliver an email message to a group of undisclosed recipients in Outlook Express:

  • Start with a new message.
  • Click on the To: button with the address book icon.
  • Highlight your “Undisclosed recipients” entry.
  • Click To: ->.
  • Highlight all other desired recipients.
  • Click Bcc: ->.
  • Click OK.
  • Now you can add any additional recipients in the Bcc: field.
    • Make sure you separate recipients by semicolons.
    • If you do not see the Bcc: field, select View | All Headers from the menu.
  • Compose and eventually send your message.

So remember folks, whenever your sending an email to several people, be sure to use this little technique. A lot of people don’t want their email address out there for everyone to see.

One thought on “How to send an email to Undisclosed Recipients”

  1. hi ..
    i’ve got a small problem with this method. i tried it but the recipients end up getting a mail which reads :
    from- my
    to- undisclosed recipients
    instead of the plain to- undisclosed-recipients
    i’ve received several mails which just proclaim : undisclosed recipients without mentioning my email in the “to ” column..
    could u guide me as to how this could be done???

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