Hide names and addresses in a personal distribution list

To keep the names and e-mail addresses of people included on a personal distribution list private, or hidden, use the Bcc field.

Notes: 

  • It's not possible to display the distribution list name in the To box without allowing recipients to expand it and show the entire list of names and e-mail addresses.

  • The following procedure will use the sender's name/address in the To box and the distribution list will be kept hidden in the Bcc box.

Add the Bcc box to your email if it isn't there already

  • In an open message, on the Message Options or Options tab, in the Fields or Show Fields group, click Show Bcc or Bcc.

Hide the distribution list in the Bcc box

  1. In an open message, add your e-mail address in the To box.

  2. In the Bcc box, add the distribution list.

  3. Type your message and click Send.

For information about creating a contact group or distribution list, go to Create a contact group or distribution list in Outlook.

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