What are the CC and BCC fields?
Hi everyone. Today’s column includes three of the most pertinent questions I’ve been asked over the past few weeks.) And of course, each question is followed up by an easy-as-cake answer.) Let’s get going!Q: I use AOL and many times I want to send an e-mail to more than one person. I think I understand how to do this, but what are those CC and BCC fields at the top of the e-mails I send? What do they do?A: Great question. And you’re right – there is definitely more than one way to send one e-mail to multiple recipients. If you don’t care if all your e-mail’s recipients can see each others’ e-mail addresses when they receive your e-mail, then you can simply enter in each person’s e-mail address in the “To” field separated by commas.
The CC field you see at the top of the e-mails you write stands for “Carbon Copy,” and BCC stands for “Blind Carbon Copy.”Placing e-mails in the CC field simply sends “courtesy copies” to those e-mail addresses – its end results are exactly the same as entering in all your e-mail addresses in the “To” field. Entering e-mail addresses into the BCC field, however, means that those recipients will not be able to tell who else the e-mail was sent to.Q: I recently purchased a calendar software program online. I followed the site’s instructions and downloaded the program onto my computer, but it doesn’t seem to be running on my computer. This happens with many of the programs I try to download. What’s going on?A: A program cannot run until it’s actually installed onto your computer. This issue is confusing to many people, because downloading a program onto your computer doesn’t mean you’ve installed it. There are actually two steps involved in the process: 1) Downloading the software files onto your computer; and 2) Running these files to then install the software onto your computer.
I suggest you think about it this way: Usually, Web sites let you to download little “boxed-up installation packages” of their software programs. Downloading the full program would take forever, so companies compress their software programs into small, neatly packaged files that you download to your computer. Once you download these compressed little “boxed-up installation packages,” you can click on them to open them up and start that actual installation process.Q: Hello eRin. I downloaded SP2 (Windows Service Pack 2) after I read your column about it a few weeks ago. Everything was working fine until I attempted to download Spybot onto my machine. Now SP2 seems to be blocking my download. What do I do?
A: Many people who have downloaded SP2 onto their machines have been experiencing difficulties when trying to download files and programs from the Internet. Don’t worry, though, there’s an easy fix.Follow these five easy steps and you should be on your way to once again downloading with ease: 1) Run a Virus Scan to make sure your computer is clean of viruses. 2) Open Internet Explorer. 3) Go to Tools>Internet Options>Security>Custom. 4) Be certain that “Allow Downloads” is checked. 5) If “Allow Downloads” is already checked, then you must reset your firewall to ensure that it’s not blocking your downloads – it might be reacting to downloads as if they were virus attacks. To reset your firewall, go to Start>Control Panel>Windows Firewall. Click the Advanced Tab. Lastly, click the “Restore Defaults” button at the bottom of the Window. That should hopefully do the trick.eRin pheiL is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com) based in Frisco. eRin can be reached via phone at 970-668-0709 or e-mail at email@example.com.
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