What does bc and cc in emails do? How to use them?

Malaysia
December 24, 2011 5:30pm CST
Good day. I have been using emails for years. I write to my friends, submitting assignments, made enquiries etc. However, I haven't been filling anything at the bc and cc field. All these time I only filled in the email address or recipient field and also the subject field. So what is bc and cc in email? What do they do and how to we use them correctly?
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@owlwings (39872)
• Cambridge, England
25 Dec 11
CC stands for 'Carbon Copy' and BCC stands for 'Blind Carbon Copy' Carbon Copy refers to old typewriter terminology when one or more copies of a letter were sent to different recipients. Typists used to insert several sheets of paper in the machine with a thin sheet of carbon coated paper in between each. In this way several copies could be made at once. In email termionology, CC will send copies of an email to each address entered in the CC field. Recipients know that it's a copy because they see the address of the sender and the main recipient as well as all the others to whom the email was copied. BCC is similar except that each person in the BCC field ONLY sees the sender and the main recipient. They do NOT see the addresses or details of the other people to whom the email was BCC'd.
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@owlwings (39872)
• Cambridge, England
25 Dec 11
There's a rather more complete explanation here: http://www.writebetteremails.com/to-cc.htm
@fsuma86 (364)
• Philippines
27 Dec 11
Hi there! I hope that I am the right person who's gonna tell you all of this and is the first one to reply. CC and BCC is very important if you are sending an email specially if you are working in a corporate world. CC is carbon copy meaning you are send the message that you writing to all the people that is part of the conversation and the people will also know that they know the people who is part of the thread while BCC is blind carbon copy. All the people who have cc the message will not know that one person is part of the thread. The person whom you tagged BCC will still see all the contents of the message. Hope that helps! Thanks!
@Daisy_22 (1230)
• Philippines
17 Jul 12
Honestly speaking...until now i also don't know about the importance of that.....I'm not really good in computer and i just learn basic things. This thing is not included but I'm really thankful for giving some informations, Keep it up.
@LaDeBoheme (2000)
• United States
27 Dec 11
Seems like a lot of carbon copies of the same answer!
@youless (94251)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Dec 11
CC means carbon copy and BC means blind copy. Namely if you write down several email addresses in your email by CC, then everybody will see the email addresses. If you write down these email address in your email by BC, then nobody can know the email addresses. I love China
@LaDeBoheme (2000)
• United States
25 Dec 11
CC stands for Carbon Copy. BCC stands for Blind Carbon Copy. It is used for sending a message to multiple recipients. If you send an email to a primary person, but want to send a copy to others, you would use the CC field. BCC is used when you don't want all the addresses of those you copied to appear in the email