Sending Email to Multiple Recipients
It is quite common when sending email to want to send it to more than one
To send an email to more than one recipient/email address at the same time you can either add the recipients to a
(distribution list) and send the email to the group or select all the required recipients individually.
When sending you will have an option of sending directly to or using the
cc (carbon copy) or bcc (blind carbon copy).
Below is a screen shot taken in Outlook Express but most other clients are very
If you are sending to a confidential list/group, and/or a very large group, then you always send using the bcc line. (see email bcc
for more details).
Email addresses on the bcc line aren't visible to any of the recipients; which
keeps them confidential.
Use the to or cc line for
multiple recipients only when you want the email recipients to know who else has received the message.
Whether you use the to or cc is a matter of email etiquette. The to line is used
when you want the recipient to read the message and maybe take some action, the
cc line is intended to be used so as to inform only.
If you select individual recipients then you will see the email addresses
separated by a semi-colon.
When sending to an email group the individual addresses are substituted before
the email is sent and so you should put the group on the appropriate line (to,cc,bbc).
Regardless of how it is done it will result in you sending multiple emails. Some
ISPs/email providers will block the sending if you try to send too many.
Many will block email to >100 recipients and will block a continuous stream of
emails. Therefore if you routinely send to large groups (>100) then you should
splitting them into small groups and stagger the
Sending using another SMTP server
Sending using a mass mail client that can be
Sending using an online autoresponder service.