How to Easily Undo Sent Email Message in Gmail


How to Easily Undo Sent Email Message in Gmail

I don’t know if you guys knew that you can undo a sent e-mail in Gmail, this feature has been improved by Google and made better than before. Not long ago when this feature was first launched, Gmail users were given a 5 second window in which you could undo a sent Email message, but now users can configure by itself the Gmail sent email cancellation period for up to 30 seconds. Only after that period has passed the Undo option removes itself. Unfortunately this feature is very much hidden and most users do not know where to look, but do not worry here is a quick guide on how to recall a sent Email message with just few clicks of a button. For those Gmail users who do not need to use the Undo and recall sent email, Gmail provides an option to disable and turn off the Undo email option. Practically in this way the email message is not going to be delayed by the period of up to 30 seconds, instead is instantly sent once user clicks on to the Send button.

Lets see the steps on how to Undo Sent Email Messages in Gmail:

First of all, after you sent an email from your Gmail account you all know that you are prompted this message. Step 1: Now, to enable the Undo feature Go to Gmail Labs: The Undo Send feature is incorporated in Gmail Labs, so to activate it go to the Gmail Labs, load up Gmail and look in the top-right corner of the page. Here you will have to click on to the green labs icon located between your e-mail address and Settings. Step 2: Enable “Undo Send” and Save Your Changes: Google has tried to make it simple and easy for all it’s users, so now you will be prompted with a list of features that Google is currently testing. Gmail Labs is offering allot of features but know we will be concentrating only on the Undo Send feature. As you will see on the picture bellow all you have to do is scroll down and save your changes.

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Step 3: Now you are required to Customize Undo Send’s Duration: Currently by default Gmail offers a 10 second period of time in which users may opt to undo a sent email. Change that to 5, 20, 30 seconds, you can do that by going to Settings, there find the Undo Send section located inside the ” General ” tab. Here you can disable or enable Undo Send or change the time window using the drop-down selection box as in the picture bellow.


Step4: Now you are able to click on to the Undo button after the email has been sent. As i stated above now you have either 5, 10, 20, or 30 seconds to recall your sent email, according to what you haver selected in your Settings section. Now after you click Send, you will see text saying “Your message has been sent.” but with few extra options including ” Undo “. Click that an your sent email will be recalled and your faux pas will be prevented. Now your email message will be unsent and ready for further editing — or deletion.


In our opinion this is one of the most useful lab feature, worry less because now you have an excellent feature to stand by your side.


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