howtogeek at April 29th, 2013 06:42 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/161762/why-you-cant-undo-sending-an-email-and-when-you-can/
You can’t normally “undo” an email sent by mistake. Some email clients have undo-like features, such as the “Recall” feature in Microsoft Outlook, but these won’t work most of the time.
patrick_tingen at April 29th, 2013 07:35 — #2
I just love the undo-functionality in gmail. At first I thought I would never use it, but I was surprised how many times I hit "send" and then have an "omg" moment half a second later, realizing I should have attached something, or that I should have in- or excluded something in the mail. The small delay before actually sending the mail has helped me more than on one occasion.
mhenriday at April 29th, 2013 10:40 — #3
«Undo send» in Gmail has allowed users to delay sending a message by up to 30 seconds these last three years, an option which has many times been near life-saving for me. Wonder why Google hasn't decided to incorporate this extremely useful feature for all users, instead of hiding it, as it were, under Labs ?...
ensign_scrulu at April 29th, 2013 10:57 — #4
Like Patrick I also appreciate the gmail Undo Send feature. But the line in the article by Henri:
Some email clients have undo-like features, such as the “Recall” feature in Microsoft Outlook, but these won’t work most of the time. makes it sound as though I just think that my message is recalled.
So, does the gmail Undo Send feature work or doesn't it? Without testing and having to bother someone else with my "problem", how can I know for sure that it does? Does anybody here know for sure one way or the other?
rickyd at April 29th, 2013 11:30 — #5
Göran - you don't have to bother anyone to test this delay feature; just send yourself and email, and try to stop it/undo it.
ozlock at April 29th, 2013 13:19 — #6
Google mail allows for a 30 second delay. Thatz a lot more than "a few;" maybe itz more like four-few seconds.
dolphinimages at April 29th, 2013 13:46 — #7
So how many people do you think have said, "I do." and immediately wished they could hit an unsend button. It just doesn't work that way..Just be certain before you hit the send button. Like I wish I hadn't sent this silly reply, but I guess I'm just s___ t out 'a luck....
elie at April 30th, 2013 02:09 — #8
"You must be on the same Exchange server as the recipient"
It can also work with recipients outside your organization but the trick here is that the recipient should also be using an Exchange server.
verve at April 30th, 2013 05:58 — #9
MS Outlook's delayed send until the next scheduled automatic send/receive is invaluable. We set this at 5 minutes. The option is there to send any time before the next schedule by pressing F9. Amazing how often it comes up to make a change! A G-dsend!