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I've sent an email to A@company.com and I would like to CC the email to B@company.com.

However, I've forgotten to CC a copy to B@company.com. If I resend another email to A@company.com and CC it to B@company.com, A@company.com would have received 2 emails from me.

Is there a way to CC a copy of an email which is already sent?

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You forward the email you sent to A@company.com to B@company.com. There is no other option. – Alex Jan 25 '12 at 10:26
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There is no way to do it. The first email you sent out will never know about the 2nd email. Even if there is a way to recall the first email, recalled emails never work flawlessly.

The only option: think of something new to add to the chain, then forward it to both A and B. It could be as simple as saying that you are adding B to the CC line. Using forward makes sure the newest email has any attachments that were on the first email.

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Could you elaborate on the part on "recalling emails"? – Pacerier Jan 25 '12 at 12:52
Some email systems, like MS Exchange, have the ability to pull an email back. Sometime the recipient has no idea it was recalled, other times the are sent a message saying it is being recalled. If the recipient has already read the message it does no good. Gmail doesn't have this feature. – mhoran_psprep Jan 25 '12 at 13:26
This is a proprietary feature, The SMTP/POP3/IMAP standards don't allow for such thing. Besides MS Exchange, you may want to check these guys out: bigstring.com – Cristi Diaconescu Jan 25 '12 at 13:28
Also, message recalling requires both parties to use the same mailing system (i.e. if your company uses MS Exchange & your external recipient doesn't, you won't be able to recall the message). – dnbrv Jan 25 '12 at 14:26

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