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.
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.
«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 ?...
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?
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.
Google mail allows for a 30 second delay. Thatz a lot more than "a few;" maybe itz more like four-few seconds.
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....
"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.
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!