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I've received a big load of emails. I want to answer them all with the same message without the recipients knowing of the other receivers. Any recommendations on how to achieve this?

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The quickest way I can think of is an outlook vba macro, provided you don't mind Outlook throwing a bit of a tantrum that you're automating it - it'll warn you that it might be a virus.

Something like the following

Public Sub test()
    Dim ns As NameSpace
    Set ns = Application.GetNamespace("MAPI")
    Dim outlookFolder As Object, innerFolder As MAPIFolder
    Set outlookFolder = ns.Folders("Mailbox - Your mailbox name")
    Debug.Print outlookFolder.Name
    Set innerFolder = outlookFolder.Folders("Inbox")
    Debug.Print vbTab & innerFolder.Name
    Dim emailItem As MailItem
    For Each emailItem In innerFolder.Items
        If emailItem.Subject = "Test" Then
            Dim replyEmail As MailItem
            Set replyEmail = emailItem.Reply
            replyEmail.Body = "Test 2"
        End If

    Next it
End Sub

So for the above, for each email it finds in your inbox with the subject "Test", it'll send a reply to the original sender with the body "Test 2".

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Use bcc (blind carbon copy). Add all the recipients to that field and they won't know about all the other people you've also sent the mail to.

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@alex exactly what i was gonna say – admintech Sep 21 '09 at 8:41
That forces me to put them in my address book which I want to avoid if possible. – nibbo Sep 21 '09 at 8:52
No, just copy/paste their addresses from the incoming emails into the BCC field... – Wim ten Brink Sep 21 '09 at 8:55
Yes, but the amount of emails I want to answer makes manual copy/paste for every address a tremendous and tiresome task. – nibbo Sep 21 '09 at 9:03
I don't think you can do it any other way in Outlook. In Lotus Notes, for instance, you can choose a bunch of emails from different people and press Reply to all; that way, the To field is automatically filled from all the selected emails. In Outlook such a thing is not possible. – alex Sep 21 '09 at 9:13

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