How to Find Out Who Is in a BCC Address Field

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How to Find Out Who Is in a BCC Address Field
See the BCC address field after sending an e-mail. (E-mail Concept image by wayne ruston from

To protect e-mail addresses when sending bulk mail, or to copy someone in an e-mail conversation without the main mail recipient(s) knowing about it, you can send an e-mail using the BCC (Blind carbon copy) line along with the main address field. If you later need to verify which e-mail addresses were listed in the BCC field of an e-mail, you'll have to do a little more than just pull up the message from the "Sent" folder. However, as long as you were the sender of the email in question, you still have access to the information sent in the BCC address field.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Open your e-mail reader and click on the "Sent" folder. Scroll through until you find the email you are looking for.

  2. 2

    Right click on the email and click "Properties." The Email Properties" box appears

  3. 3

    Click on the "Details" tab. Look for the line that begins with "Bcc:" somewhere near the top of the text. You can find the Bcc recipients on this line.

Tips and warnings

  • You can't see the email addresses in the BCC field of an e-mail that was sent to you. The technology behind the field was designed to prevent you from doing so.
  • This technique works for Windows Live Mail, Outlook Express, Outlook, Windows Mail, Gmail and Yahoo! Mail. For other e-mail readers, you may have to open the sent message by double-clicking on it first. Click "File" > "Properties."

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