Although due to the notable use of instant messaging applications and social networks, many users have forgotten about e-mails; the truth is that many others still manage this form of online communication. Whether it is at a personal level or even at a commercial and business level.
In this sense, even if you think you know every single function contained in the main email services, in reality there is still a lot to know. Taking into account that users usually wonder what the “CC” and “Bcc” options on the recipient bar can mean when sending a new message.
Given this question that has generated some uncertainty in many people, we have made this post in order to let you know what it means the text box “CC” or Carbon Copy, mainly. Detailing, moreover, how this differs from the option of BCC.
What is a carbon copy of an email and what is it for?
Whenever you’re about to send new email, whether it’s through Gmail, Outlook, or one of these managers, you’ll need to fill out several fields in addition to the message you want to share. These usually include the ‘to’ field and the ‘subject’ field.
In this sense, when you are specifically placed in the option of the recipients (“for”), you will see two more fields that are: “CC” and “Bcc”. In which, by default, it is possible to include recipients to your message to be sent.
In this post, we will focus on the CC box that is usually located first, which translates as “With Copy” and in its original form, its meaning is “Carbon Copy”. Since this way, it refers to the time in the past when tracing paper or carbon paper was used when you wrote by hand or machine and thanks to that paper, you could get a copy of the original sheet.
However, this With Copy field has a very specific function and is basically to show a complete copy of the message, to all the recipients that are included there. That is, when each person to whom you send the email opens that email, in addition to the message in question, they will also be able to see that other recipients have been sent that email.
In short, this field is ideal for sending one or more extra copies of the message to one or more additional users of the email, which you have placed in the “to” box. Figuratively, you will be sharing a copy made “with carbon paper” through an original letter that has been printed on paper.
What are the differences between CC and Bcc mail?
Now, once you find both options in the recipient box, you’re probably wondering how they differ from each other or what the acronym “BCC” is for.
In this sense, it should be noted that the BCC section is translated as “With Hidden Copy” or “Hidden Carbon Copy” and has a similar function to the Carbon Copy. In view of the fact that, when using it, you can also send an exact copy of the message, but in this case, without other users (from different boxes) seeing that other email addresses have been sent the same.
In this sense, the BCC option will allow you to secure your contacts and thus avoid causing certain inconveniences with respect to their privacy. You won’t be giving out email addresses to strangers who may even be secret spammers.
Carbon Copy CC
Carbon copy hidden BCC
|Its meaning is “carbon copy”||It means “blind carbon copy”|
|All recipients will be able to see who else the email was addressed to||Recipients of other boxes cannot see who the message was sent to in this section|
|The e-mail addresses of the recipients included will be public for all||The e-mail addresses of the recipients included in BCC will be private for other users of e-mail managers|
|All added users will be able to communicate with each other, using the “reply to all” option||Recipients in other boxes will not be able to communicate with users placed in the Bcc box through any|
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