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Enable The Gmail Undo Send Button and Say Goodbye to your worst nightmare

We’ve all been there at least once. Or twice. You hit send on an email and your heart immediately sinks after you realize you hit “reply-all” by mistake or even worst, you accidentally sent that email to your boss instead of your best friend.

Well, now you can easily say goodbye to your worst nightmare. Gmail has officially added a feature called Undo Send, which will delay sending an email for up to 30 seconds. The feature was only available to enthusiastic beta testers at the Gmail Labs; but the once experimental feature has been available to the masses since early this year.

The feature is really quite simple; it basically configures a delay on your Send button. Instead of firing off your emails when you click Send, it holds them for however long you configure, and then sends them. This way, if you realize you sent something you didn’t mean to, you can recall it.

With just a minor tweak in your Settings menu you can buy yourself some much needed “I forgot the attachment!” wiggle room wherein you can undo a sent email, slap the attachment on (and fix that typo while you’re at it) and send it back out.

Here’s how to enable Undo Send:

  • Login into your Gmail account.
  • Click the gear icon in the top right corner and select Settings.
  • On the General Tab, you should now see Undo Send listed as an option.
  • To enable it, check the box next to Enable Undo Send.

Now choose the length of time you’d like to have the ability to recall your sent emails from the drop down menu. Options include 5, 10, 20 and 30 seconds.

Once Undo Send is enabled, you will see this box at the top of the Gmail page after each email you send: Your message has been sent. Undo. View message.

Simply click the “Undo” link and your email will pop back up on the screen so you can make any necessary changes before sending it again.

This handy feature won’t help if you send an email to your ex and regret it the day later. You’re on your own. It will however, make sure your grammatical errors or the wrong message don’t end up in someone else’s inbox.

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