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How to “UnSend” an email sent from your Gmail account

Aug 07, 2015 02:28PM ● By Press Release

OMG… You just sent an inappropriate email to your boss from your Gmail account. Should you start looking for a new job? Maybe not, provided you’ve enabled Gmail's Undo Send 


It’s happened to everyone. You’ve sent a quick email [with a joke or video link] and immediately realize you sent it to the wrong person, like your mom or boss. While some email programs offer an option to recall or retract an email, it doesn't necessarily mean the recipient won't still receive it. Luckily Gmail's new Undo Send feature works differently. It actually waits to send your email, giving you a certain amount of time [up to 30 seconds] to change your mind and prevent it from being sent. But you have to be quick!

No longer in beta form, the Undo Send feature is now an official part of Gmail and it’s pretty simple to turn on this feature. Provided you already have a Gmail account, here’s how to enable it:

> First, log in to your Gmail account.

> In the upper right corner of the screen, click the Settings icon (the one that looks like a gear).

> From the Settings menu, choose the option for Settings.

> From the Settings window, make sure the General tab is selected.

> Look for the setting that says Undo Send.

> Click the check box to “Enable” Undo Send.

> Click the drop-box to set the Send cancellation period, meaning the number of seconds you have to prevent the email from being sent.

> Scroll to the bottom of the Settings screen and click “Save Changes”.

> To test the feature, simply send a test email to yourself or a close friend.

> When you click send, you’ll see a message at the top of the screen that says: "Your message has been sent. Undo View Message"  

> To prevent the message from being sent, click the Undo link [within the preset time limit] and Gmail immediately stops the message from being sent and displays it so you can either make changes, save it as a draft or delete it.

With the huge amount of distractions almost everyone faces each day, Gmail’s Undo send 

  feature may just be a job or reputation saver and that is awesome.

But we still recommend just taking a breath before hitting SEND!