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How to Send an Email to Undisclosed Recipients in Windows Mail, Outlook Express

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Mary and Her Friends

Meet Mary. Mary has friends, many friends — friends all over the world. And Mary has stories, ideas, impressions, jokes and adventures to share. She shares eagerly, and she does it via email.

Now, not every friend of Mary is also a friend of Mary's other friends. Most do not know half of their second-degree acquaintances.

One thing people like about Mary is her considerate nature. Mary would never share the private email addresses of her friends, for example, not even with other friends. Then how does she send her emails to any group of her friends in one go?

It's easy. In her Windows Mail, Mary uses Bcc: recipients and cleverly puts herself in as the main recipient to send her emails to "undisclosed recipients" — a bumpy title for sure, but it works well.

Create an Address Book Entry for "Undisclosed recipients"

First, we'll create a convenient address book entry that makes sending emails to undisclosed recipients a lot easier:

Windows Mail:

  • Select Tools | Windows Contacts... from the menu in Windows Mail.
  • Click New Contact.
  • Type "Undisclosed" in the First: field.
  • Type "recipients" under Last:.
  • Enter your email address under E-mail:.
  • Click OK.

Outlook Express:

  • 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.

Send an Email to Undisclosed Recipients in Windows Mail or Outlook Express

To compose and deliver an email message to a group of undisclosed recipients in Windows Mail or 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.
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