How to Create a Blind Copy Mailing List in Gmail

By William Pullman

When emailing a list of clients using the Gmail email platform, it’s often in your best interest to use the blind carbon copy (Bcc) field to hide the names and email addresses of all of the recipients. Hiding the recipients list maintains your clients’ confidentiality, and prevents the recipients from sending unsolicited email messages to your other clients. When you send an email using Bcc, the only address the recipients see is their own.

Sign in to your Gmail account, click the "Gmail" drop-down menu, and select "Contacts" to view your contacts.

Click the squares next to each of the contacts that you want to add to the Bcc mailing list. A check mark appears in the square when you click it.

Click the "Groups" icon, which is a silhouette of three people with a down-facing arrow next to it, and select "Create New." The "New group" pop-up window appears.

Enter the name of the group and click "OK."

Click the "Contact" drop-down menu and select "Gmail."

Click the "Compose" button, and then "Add Bcc." The Bcc form field appears. You do not have to enter anything into the "To" field - where email addresses will be visible - if you don't want to.

Type the name of the Bcc group you created in the "Bcc" field and press "Enter." The email addresses of all of the people in the group appear in the field.

Type the email subject, the email message, and then click the "Send" button.