How to hide email recipients from each other in lotus notes

Written by jason artman
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When sending an e-mail, you may not always want the recipients of the message to be able to see one another. For example, if you believe that your message is likely to be forwarded to others, the recipients of your original message might not appreciate having their e-mail addresses revealed to strangers. In Lotus Notes, recipients' e-mail address can be hidden from others with the "blind carbon copy" (BCC) field. Use this field when sending messages to ensure that the recipients will not be able to see the addresses of those who received the message.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Launch Lotus Notes. Click "New Memo" to begin composing a new message. Alternatively, click the "Create" menu at the top of the screen, then click "Memo."

  2. 2

    Click in the box labelled "BCC" at the top of the message, above the "Subject" box.

  3. 3

    Type the email addresses that you would like not to be shown to the recipients of the message. Place a comma between each address.

  4. 4

    Type and send the message as normal. The email addresses in the "BCC" field will not be displayed when the email message is sent.

Tips and warnings

  • The three e-mail recipient fields--"To," "CC" and "BCC"--can be used simultaneously in the same e-mail. While addresses in the "To" and "CC" fields will be shown to all recipients, addresses in the "BCC" field will not.
  • Lotus Notes is a program used primarily for business e-mail in which messages are sent across a local network rather than over the Internet, and spam is not a concern. If you are using the "BCC" field to send messages over the Internet, however, make sure that your e-mail address is on your recipients' safe senders lists. Some e-mail clients interpret messages using the "BCC" field extensively as spam, and your message may be sent to some recipients' junk mail folders.

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