How to Quickly Exclude Original “CC” Recipients when Using “Reply All” in Outlook

When using “Reply All”, the responding email will also include the “CC” recipients of the original email in “CC” field. But, if you wish to exclude this type of recipient, you can use the method introduced this article.

At times, you wish to reply an email to the original sender and “To” recipients. In this scenario, you’ll definitely think of using “Reply All” option. However, by this means, if the original mail also has “CC” recipients, the “Reply All” email will auto copy the “CC” recipients to the “CC” field. If you do not want to reply to them, you have to manually remove them, which is a bit troublesome. Now, in the followings, we will teach you how to let Outlook auto accomplish it as per your needs.

Auto Included Original "CC" Recipients

Quickly Exclude Original “CC” Recipients when Using “Reply All”

  1. For a start, launch Outlook.
  2. Then, access VBA editor by reading the previous article – “How to Run VBA Code in Your Outlook“.
  3. Next, copy the following VBA code into the “ThisOutlookSession” project.
Public WithEvents objInspectors As Outlook.Inspectors
Public WithEvents objExplorer As Outlook.Explorer
Public WithEvents objMail As Outlook.MailItem

Private Sub Application_Startup()
    Set objInspectors = Outlook.Application.Inspectors
    Set objExplorer = Outlook.Application.ActiveExplorer
End Sub

Private Sub objExplorer_Activate()
    On Error Resume Next
    If TypeOf objExplorer.Selection.Item(1) Is MailItem Then
       Set objMail = objExplorer.Selection.Item(1)
    End If
End Sub

Private Sub objInspectors_NewInspector(ByVal Inspector As Inspector)
    If TypeOf Inspector.CurrentItem Is MailItem Then
       Set objMail = Inspector.CurrentItem
    End If
End Sub

'Occurs when you click "Reply All"
Private Sub objMail_ReplyAll(ByVal Response As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
    Dim objRecipient As Outlook.Recipient
    Dim i As Long
    'Ask you if to exclude CC recipients
    If MsgBox("Do you want to exclude original CC recipients? " , vbQuestion + vbYesNo) = vbYes Then
       'If select Yes, remove CC recipients
       For i = Response.Recipients.Count To 1 Step -1
           If Response.Recipients(i).Type = olCC Then
              Response.Recipients.Remove (i)
           End If
    End If
End Sub

VBA Code - Quickly Exclude Original "CC" Recipients when Using "Reply All"

  1. Subsequently, restart your Outlook to activate this new project.
  2. Since then, every time when you hit “Reply All” button, you’ll get a prompt, as shown in the following image, asking if you would like to exclude original CC recipients.Confirmation
  3. If you select “Yes”, Outlook will auto remove the recipients in “CC” field.Original "CC" Recipients Are Removed

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