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Sender's name appears in BOTH to AND from fields of email message when sending BCC

Hello ~

OL 2000 & 2003: When sending messages with recipient's  address in the BCC box, the SENDER'S name appears in BOTH to AND from fields of the email message!  This does not happen when recipient is listed in the TO field.

I would appreciate knowing how to display the RECIPIENT'S address in the TO field of BCC messages.

Many Thanks
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war1Commented:
Greetings, jacobbarnett !

Are you sending an Outlook message with one recipient's name in BCC field, and To field is blank?  Outlook tries to correct this problem by putting the Sender's name in To field.

To display the recipient's address in the To field, type the address in the To field.

Best wishes!
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David LeeCommented:
Greetings, jacobbarnett.

> I would appreciate knowing how to display the RECIPIENT'S address in
> the TO field of BCC messages.
Outlook will not show any name/address listed in the BCC field in the To field unless you put it there.  If you do put it there, then you are totally defeating the purpose of the BCC field which is to hide the addressee(s).

Cheers!
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Chi Is CurrentAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your replies.

OK.  This issue arises when I send a message to multiple addresses, placing all addresses in the BCC box.   The TO box is left blank.

It also happens if I mail on only one address using the BCC box.

Best Regards, Jacob
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David LeeCommented:
This is not going to work the way you appear to want it to.  If I'm understanding right you want to put the names in the BCC field and have Outlook move the name to the To field for each recipient.  Outlook is not built to do that.  It simply cannot do it.
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Chi Is CurrentAuthor Commented:
If you use Outlook, send a message from account A to account B, placing the recipient's address in the BCC box only. - I experience the SENDER'S name and or address in BOTH the from and TO boxes.  'Strikes me as very peculiar.  I have checked this out on several different installations.
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Chi Is CurrentAuthor Commented:
BlueDevilFan ~

...Or, nothing in the TO box then, but at least not the sender's address (?!?).  I find it odd that this is a design feature...

Maybe it's time for Thunderbird.  ~  Our messages must have crossed in the expanse.

Thank you for your thoughts here.

Jacob
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war1Commented:
jacobbarnett,

Do not leave the To field blank.  Write an address in To field.
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Chi Is CurrentAuthor Commented:
war1

Your suggestion seems either a) impossible sending messages w/ BCC or b) would defeat the anonymity of BCC.
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war1Commented:
jacobbarnett, you could put your email address in the To field. Then you would get a copy back. No names in BCC field are revealed.
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Chi Is CurrentAuthor Commented:
Well, my email address (as the sender) IS what appears in the TO field.  
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war1Commented:
jacobbarnett,

I am confused as to what you want to do.  You wrote, "I would appreciate knowing how to display the RECIPIENT'S address in the TO field of BCC messages."

I showed you how to place the recipient's address in the To field, and you said, "would defeat the anonymity of BCC."

You cannot have it both ways.  Outlook places your address in the To field to cover the fact that is is blank.  You can place another email address in the field, which will prevent Outlook from placing your name. But you worry about "anonymity".
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Chi Is CurrentAuthor Commented:
I agree, I was unclear here.  I'm speaking about sending one message to MULTIPLE BCC recipients.  In this case, my (sender) name appears in the TO field, instead of the individual recipient's name, that the message is actually going to.  My client thinks this is may be somewhat confusing to recipients.  I agree.

I get that this is simply the way Outlook works, by design.

Thank you both for your thoughts on this matter.

Best Regards, Jacob
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Chi Is CurrentAuthor Commented:
The answer appears to be: That's how Outlook works. OK

Looking into Mozilla's Thunderbird, I see the phrase: "undisclosed-recipients:" is inserted into the TO field on messages sent when the recipient's address is in the BCC.  May use Thunderbird client for such mailings.

Again, thank you for your thoughts here.

Best Regards, Jacob
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David LeeCommented:
Another possibility, Jacob, is to do a mail merge.  With a mail merge each message would go out individually with the addressee on the To line eliminating the need for BCCs altogether.
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Chi Is CurrentAuthor Commented:
BlueDevilFan,

I actually looked into this and didn't see the way to programatically place the recipients' names on the TO line.  This idea has definite possibilities.

Thanks!
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David LeeCommented:
With a mail merge you don't need to "programatically" do anything.  The mail merge does that for you.
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Chi Is CurrentAuthor Commented:
I'll explore that.  I think it's exactly whet is needed.

Thank you.  
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David LeeCommented:
You're welcome.
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