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Tip of the Week: What’s the Point of CC and BCC in My Email?

When you’re writing an email, do you use the CC and BCC functions? Even if you have used these fields before, you might know where their names have come from. Today, we’re going to discuss these terms, what they mean and how you can use each of them properly.

Where Do CC and BCC Come From?

CC and BCC are terms that stem from the days of paper communication. Back in the day, it was common to make carbon copies of documents by layering carbon sheets between two pieces of paper. This method was used to trace copies of other sheets. 

For email, CC means carbon copy, and it simply means that you are sending a copy of the message to another recipient. But, BCC, means blind carbon copy, and it means that a copy is sent to different recipients who can’t see who else is on the list. 

When Should You Use CC and BCC?

There isn’t a huge difference between CCing a person and sending them an email regularly, so what is the big deal. The “deal” is actually about manners. CCing is often used when you’re adding someone to the conversation who isn’t directly involved but should be in the know. When you want someone to have a copy of your email for reference, you’ll want to CC them.

For using BCC, this is when you want to send an email out to a large group of people who don’t need to see everyone else’s email addresses. This is good for privacy and for sending out an email to giant lists.

We hope this helps! MyTek writes weekly blog posts to help you understand concepts like these. Give us a call at 623-312-2444 to learn more.

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