How to Set Up Undisclosed Recipients in an Email

By Si Kingston

The term "undisclosed recipients" refers to those recipients of an email message whose email addresses are not visible to the other recipients of the message. You can use undisclosed recipients with all email services, including web providers like Yahoo! and Gmail, as well as desktop applications like Microsoft Outlook. To set up this option you must make use of your "Bcc," or "blind carbon copy," field.

Using Yahoo! & Gmail

Step 1

Log in to your Yahoo! or Gmail account.

Step 2

In Yahoo!, click on the "Contact" tab, and then select the "Add Contact" button. In Gmail, click the "Contacts" text and the "Add Contact" icon.

Step 3

In Yahoo!, enter "Undisclosed" in the empty field next to "First Name." Then enter "Recipient" in the field next to "Last Name." Enter your own email address in the email field below the first and last name. Then hit "Save." In Gmail, enter "Undisclosed Recipient" in the "Name" field. Then select "Save."

Step 4

In Yahoo!, click on "New" then hit "Message." Select "Compose Mail" in Gmail.

Step 5

Enter "Undisclosed Recipient" in the "To" field.

Step 6

Select the "Bcc" option right above the "To" field in Yahoo. In Gmail, click on "Bcc" right above the "Subject" field.

Step 7

Enter in the email addresses you want to send the message to in the Bcc field. The recipients in this field will not be displayed.

Outlook

Step 1

Open Outlook.

Step 2

Click "New Message."

Step 3

Select "Options," then "Bcc" on the toolbar of the new message.

Step 4

Enter in the recipient as "undisclosed," in the "To" field as such: "Undisclosed Recipients" < you@yourdomain.com >

Step 5

Input your recipients' addresses into the "Bcc" field. Complete the subject heading and email message. Click "Send."

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful not to enter recipients' names into the "Cc," or "carbon copy," field. If you do this, they will be displayed.