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How to Automatically BCC in Outlook 2010

2014-02-04 · Posted in Office

Perhaps it was due to one too many passive aggressive intra-office stealth BCCs (Blind Carbon Copy), but for some reason, Microsoft decided to seriously roll back access to BCCs in Office 2010. For one, the new message dialog doesn’t even have a BCC field. But you also can’t set up Outlook 2010 rules to automatically BCC someone (although you can set up a rule to automatically CC a message). For my purposes, this is kind of a pain. I am a Gmail/Outlook hybrid user (I have about three different email addresses, each for a different purpose) and I like to keep all of my messages archived in my main Gmail account for easy reference. So, what I wanted was a way to forward all of my sent messages to my Gmail account (I already have all incoming messages forwarded there by a sever-side rule).  Easier said than done but I think I’ve figured out the easiest way.

It turns out that there are three things that need to be done to unlock the full potential of BCC in Outlook 2010:

It’s not as difficult as it seems. But let’s move through them from easiest to hardest.

(Note: You can also buy third-party Add-Ins for Outlook 2010 that do this—but I’d recommend this method. It’s free.)
If you are having an issue where this stops working after you restart your computer, please read the note about macro security at the end of this article.

Show the BCC Field in New Emails in Outlook 2010

1)Launch Outlook 2010.

2)Click the New Email button. In the message composition window, click the Options tab.

3)Click the BCC button.  This reveals the BCC field. Henceforth, you shall have access to the BCC field in all future Outlook 2010 emails. If you get tired of the extra space it takes up, you can just click it again to be rid of it.

Now, you can use the BCC field for one-offs. But what if you wanted to automatically BCC yourself (or someone else) on every outgoing message? To do this, follow the steps below.

Display the Developer Ribbon

I’m basing this how-to on a great bit of custom Visual Basic code written by Michael Kizer. Michael wrote this VBA snippet for Outlook 2007, but it works for Outlook 2010. The only problem: it’s a bit tough to find Visual Basic Editor in Outlook 2010. It’s hiding in the Developer ribbon, which, by default, is hidden from view. Here’s how to enable it:

1)Launch Outlook 2010.

2)Click the File tab and choose Options.

3)Click Customize Ribbon on the left-hand panel. Now, in the list on the far right, make sure Developer is checked. Click OK.

4)The Developer tab will now be revealed in your Outlook 2010 ribbon.

Automatically BCC Outgoing Messages in Outlook 2010

Now, it’s time to add the code that Mr. Kizer put together.

1)Go to the Developer tab and click Visual Basic.

2)On the left, expand Project1 (VbaProject.OTM to reveal Microsoft Outlook Objects.Expand Microsoft Outlook Objects and then double-click ThisOutlookSession.

3)In the code editor window, choose Application from the drop-down menu in the top-left.

4)In the top-left drop-down menu, choose ItemSend.

5)Position your cursor after “Private Sub Application_ItemSend(ByVal Item As Object, Cancel As Boolean)” and before “End Sub.” Now, copy and paste the following cursor between those two lines.

6)Look for the line that reads: strBcc=”SomeEmailAddress@domain.com” and replace the email address you’d like to BCC for SomeEmailAddress@domain.com. For example, swap it out for mysecondaryemail@gmail.com or igbrother@supervisor.com.

7)Don’t forget to save the changes. Close the Visual Basic Editor and return to Outlook.

Now, when you send messages from Outlook 2010, they’ll be automatically BCC’d to the recipient you chose in the Visual Basic editor. You don’t have to type their name in the BCC field, nor will you even see it entered into the BCC field, since the Visual Basic script kicks in after you hit send. (A handy tip for any cyber spies).

And there you have it.

Filtering BCC’d Gmail Messages

One last thing to note: if you’ll be using this to build a Gmail archive, I recommend using a customized Gmail address with something like +bcc appended to it. However, since the address won’t show up in the to: field, you can’t filter it out like normal. So, instead you’ll have to use the “deliveredto:” string in Gmail. For example, I’d use “deliveredto:username+bcc@gmail.com” and then set up a rule that automatically archives these messages and marks them as read.

A Note About Macro Security

This section may help those who find that the macro stops working the next day or after a system restart.

In order to get this to work, you may need to alter your macro security settings. Either way, you’ll probably get a nagging message like this when Outlook 2010 launches:

As you can see, that just refers to the script that you put into ThisOutlookSession—it doesn’t mean you have a virus. You can click Enable Macros to proceed with your Auto BCC script intact.

If you want to skip this step, you can change your Macro Security settings by going to theDeveloper tab and clicking Macro Security.


Under “Macro Settings,” you’ll have a few different options:

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