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Always show the Bcc and From field in Outlook on the Web (OWA) and Outlook.com

When I’m using Outlook in my Internet browser, I don’t see the Bcc and From field. I’ve found how I can enable it when composing a message but as soon as I send this message and start a new one, the fields are hidden again.

How can I always show the Bcc and From fields when using Outlook on the Web?

Show Fields: Bcc and FromWhen you are using Outlook in your browser as part of Office 365 for Business (Exchange Online), Exchange 2016 or for an Outlook.com account, the Bcc and From fields may indeed not be showing for you when composing a message.

The commands to show them for your current email are relatively easy to discover but the option to always show these fields is tugged a way a bit deeper.

Show Bcc and From field for the current message

Compose Message buttonIf you only occasionally need the Bcc and/or From field, you can make them visible in the following way;

  • Office 365 for Business (Exchange Online)
    • From
      Click on the “…” (ellipsis) in the Toolbar above the To line and choose: Show From.
    • Bcc
      Click on the “…” (ellipsis) in the Toolbar above the To line and choose: Show Bcc.
  • Exchange 2016
    • From
      Click on the “…” (ellipsis) in the Toolbar above the To line and choose: Show From.
    • Bcc
      On the far right of the To line (or the From line when enabled), click on “Bcc”.
  • Outlook.com (Outlook Mail)
    • From
      Click on the “…” (ellipsis) in the Toolbar above the To line and choose: Show From.
    • Bcc
      On the far right of the To line (or the From line when enabled), click on “Bcc”.
  • Outlook.com (old interface)
    • From
      Always visible above the To line with your account information.
    • Bcc
      On the far right of the To line, click on “Bcc”.

The ellipsis menu (...) reveals the option to show the From and Bcc field in Outlook on the Web. (click on image to enlarge)
The ellipsis menu (…) reveals the option to show the From and Bcc field in Outlook on the Web. (click on image to enlarge)

In Outlook.com and Outlook on the Web (OWA) for Exchange 2016, you’ll find the Show Bcc command on the far right on the From or To line.
In Outlook.com and Outlook on the Web (OWA) for Exchange 2016, you’ll find the Show Bcc command on the far right on the From or To line.

Always show the Bcc and From field

Outlook Web Options buttonIf you frequently use the Bcc and/or From field, you can make them visible by default in the following way.

  1. Open the Options page by clicking on the Gear icon in the top right corner (left from your display image) and;
    • Office 365 (Exchange Online)
      Choose “Mail” near the bottom of the Settings panel that opens.
    • Exchange 2016
      Choose “Options”.
    • Outlook.com (Outlook Mail)
      Choose “Options”.
  2. In the Options screen choose: Mail-> Layout-> Message format.
  3. Here you can enable/disable the options;
    • Always show Bcc
    • Always show From
  4. Press the Save button to save your changes.

You can configure Outlook on the Web to always show the Bcc and From field via a somewhat hidden options page. (click on image to enlarge)
You can configure Outlook on the Web to always show the Bcc and From field via a somewhat hidden options page. (click on image to enlarge)

Note: In Exchange 2016 and Outlook.com (Outlook Mail), you currently can’t configure Outlook on the Web (OWA) to always show the CC field. This oversight will most likely be corrected in a future Cumulative Update for Exchange 2016.


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