Recalling Bcc recipients

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Reader Elissa Kartman desires both a measure of anonymity and insight. She writes:

Is it possible to send an email message to many people, using ‘bcc’ and in Mail’s sent copy see the names that were sent that specific message? Obviously, I don’t want each receiver to know the others on the distribution, but it would be helpful to have a list of to whom the mail was sent.

Elissa, it’s fortuitous that you wrote on Short Answer Monday because I can answer this one in four words:

View -> Message -> Long Headers

Naturally, because this particular Short Answer Monday falls within a month that hosts five Mondays, the Additional Explanation Clause kicks in. So….

The longer explanation is that you need simply find your original message within Mail’s Sent items, select it, and, from the View menu, choose Message and then Long Headers from the sub-menu that appears. The Headers area of the message will expand in the Preview pane. Take a gander at the Bcc area and you’ll find the names of everyone Bcc-ed on that message. To make the long headers disappear, choose View -> Message -> Default Headers (or you can easily toggle between the two header views by pressing Shift-Command-H).

Note that those receiving the message do not have the luxury of seeing this Bcc information so backstab and gossip all you like.

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