Nowadays, most of us spend a lot of time sending hundreds of emails for work. Being human beings and not robots, sometimes we make mistakes and who among us has not sent an email by mistake? You may have hit ‘send’ too soon before finishing the mail or even have sent it to the wrong recipient. This can be a big problem, but luckily if you are a Gmail user, there is good news for you: it is possible to undo/cancel sent mails. Read on as we explain all necessary steps below.
How to cancel a sent email
Gmail has long been able to stop sending an email, once you realise on time-up to half a minute after pressing send. For this to work, you have to configure a function beforehand in settings.
First, log into your Gmail account on your computer and click on the Settings
function (the cogwheel icon), located in the upper right corner of the screen.
In the Settings
menu, look for the option Undo Send
Once you click into the Undo Send section, you can adjust the margin of time given between when you send the email and when you can still cancel it. Gmail offers between 5 and 30 seconds and obviously, we recommend that you select the maximum time
You need to save these changes
and then you’ll be able to cancel newly sent emails. When you send a new email, you will see an Undo
option on the lower left part of the screen. Click it on time and you can retrieve the email sent by mistake before anyone receives it.
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