Posted: May 7th, 2012 | Author: glenn | Filed under: How To | Tags: beginner, Gmail, intermediate, recall, undo
Hitting the “Send” button in a hurry can be your worst nightmare. Inexplicably, the ability to recall an email you just sent is not a default function in Gmail! But it’s one of Gmail’s most important “Labs” and you have to enable it in Settings before you can use it:
1. Click on the Gear Icon (top right) > Settings, and click on the Labs tab.
2. Under Search for a lab, type in “undo send”.
3. Enable this Lab and click Save Changes at the bottom.
4. Now if you ever send an email you instantly want to stop from transmitting, just click “Undo” at the center top of Gmail immediately:
5. Gmail sets the default time you can “Undo Send” to 10 seconds. You can extend this to up to 30 seconds under Gear Icon > Settings > General:
This is a simple set of steps that may save you a ton of anxiety the one time in a 1,000 you make a mistake sending the wrong email to the wrong recipient. Why run the risk of not enabling this feature ASAP?
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