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gmailAutoBcc is a greasemonkey script that automatically BCCs (or CCs) all outgoing gmail emails to a specified email address.
Quite a few of us use gmail as a secondary email access tool. The common use is to forward all incoming email to a gmail address. Gmail already has custom from addresses, this allows you to use your gmail account to send and respond to emails using your old, primary (non-gmail) email address. The only limitation of this is that you wouldn’t have a copy of the emails you send from your gmail account at your primary email access location.
Install greasemonkey, then, right-click gmailAutoBcc to install. It’ll ask you for an email address the first time you click on ‘send’ through gmail. If you’re on the newer version of gmail (Nov 2007), use gmailAutoBcc 2.0.
Tips, Tricks and Gotchas!
- If you want it to cc an address instead of BCC, set the preference gBccHeader to cc
- If you want it to prompt every time, set the preference gBccPopup to true
- If you want to disable gmailAutoBcc, set the preference gBccEnabled to false
- If someone else uses your browser to send emails from gmail, you might get a copy of their outgoing emails. (Cool ain’t it?)
- Oh yeah, firefox only of course!
Setting Preferences in Firefox
To change any firefox preference, type about:config in the address bar and press enter. In the filter field, type the name of the preference. Double click on the result to change it.
Update (15th June 2006):
gmailAutoBcc now supports bcc/cc based on identities. i.e., it can bcc or cc to different addresses based on the from address being used. To enable this, toggle the preference gBccMapFromAddress to true. You’re prompted for a new bcc/cc address everytime you use a new “Identity” (from address). This is based on JosÃ©’s request.
To remove bcc/cc for a particular identity (say, firstname.lastname@example.org), search for the preference gBccMail_from@address.com and change it to the string disabled.
If you do enable this feature, be prepared for a pop up the first time you send email from every one of your addresses.
Update (2nd November 2007):
It appears that gmailAutoBcc fails with “gmail 2.0”. I’m not on gmail 2.0 yet, but I promise to work on a fix as soon as I am.
Gmail 2.0 update (16th November 2007):
If you’re on the newer version of gmail a.k.a. “gmail 2.0” (Nov 2007), use gmailAutoBcc 2.0.