Ask Lena: Retrieve list of BBC mail recipients

September 27, 2010 / Updated: September 27, 2010 / Lena Shore

Question

I just sent a mass email using the mail.app and blind cc’d all the recipients. Then I noticed I failed to include a subject line, so they’re probably all going to delete it, unread. I need to go back and re-send, but it’s not showing me any of the addresses I sent it to (and I have no idea who a lot of them were). Any hope for me?

Answer

Yes. There is hope for you! Snow Leopard  seems to show this by default. Earlier OSX versions (like Tiger) may need to be tweaked.

Here is how to check:

  1. Open your Mail.app
  2. Go to preferences
  3. Go to Viewing
  4. Show header detail
  5. From here, you can choose all or some, etc. I like to use “custom” and select the specific ones I want. You may need to add “Bcc” to the custom list.
  6. Now go back and see if you can see who you sent to by opening the email you sent.
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Lena Shore

Lena is a full-time freelancer and nerd that specializes in web development, graphic design, and illustration. She enjoys building things, learning new things, pursuing creative endeavors, and giving free advice.

2 Comments

  1. Lena on October 4, 2010 at 11:30 am

    The size of your list will help determine the best way to handle this. A small mailing list (1 – 100 people) might be okay for you to send like you would normally send email. A larger list would be better using a mailing list manager. You can purchase mailing lists, but mailing list managers will refuse to take them because they cannot be verified. Lots of laws and legal issues regarding them. Don’t waste your money on an email mailing list. You can collect emails by getting permission from people you do business or friends as well as having a form sign up on your website.

  2. Barbara Knauf on October 4, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Hi Lena! I would like to do a mass mailing about my new children’s book “The Wiener Dog and the Bear” you helped me with. How do I use mail.app or something else? I have the book in stock and on Amazon now (I ship myself), but need more email lists. Can you help me?
    Barbara Knauf

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