Common sense is not really all that common." These basics are not innate within the human sole. Newcomers need to be taught. When to use To:, CC: or BCC: Another Email Database vital area of appropriate email usage goes beyond merely being courteous in your communications - the correct use of To: or CC: or BCC when adding recipients to the email your are sending. All popular email software and all web-email accounts give you a choice of these three Email Database different ways to add a recipient for your email. (Sometimes you might need to check your software menu and enable BCC as a visible option.
It is not a visible option by default in all email software, unfortunately.) Your choice has vital privacy and security implications, so it is important to know which to Email Database use and when. While "To:" is self explanatory, a brief definition and history of CC: and BCC: will help you understand their correct usage. CC: is a term from old fashioned typists. It Email Database stands for "Carbon Copy". In days of old, prior to photocopiers or word processors with laser printers, copies of letters were made by inserting two sheets of typing with a sheet of carbon paper in between into the typewriter.
When a secretary typed a letter that was meant for one person though another person (other other people) was to receive a copy, and the first person was to be Email Database informed that a copy was being sent to another person, the typist would add a line under the signature at the end of the letter, along the lines of: CC: Joe Bloggs. Jane Smith. This convention Email Database alerted to direct recipient to the fact that the letter had also been sent to other specific people. If you did not want the direct recipient to know that copies were sent to other people, you'd simply not include a CC: line at the end of the letter. BCC: stands for "Blind Carbon Copy".