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How to Use Undo Send in Gmail

By Princess Jones

Doesn’t it seem like you only see your typos after you hit the “send” button? Isn’t it ridiculously easy to accidentally hit the “send” button before you really meant to do it? Have you ever sent an email and seconds later wished you could get it back?

We’ve all been there. Fortunately, if you use Gmail or G Suite (formerly Google Apps) to host your business email, you have the opportunity to do something about it. The Undo Send feature gives you an extra five to thirty seconds to change your mind about sending an email. All you have to do is enable it.

Enable It

Start by logging into your Gmail account. Click the settings wheel on the top right corner. In the General tab, scroll to the middle of the screen to the Undo Send section.

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Check the box next to “Enable Undo Send.” Use the dropdown box below and to the right to select the time window for the feature. You can choose from five to thirty seconds.

When you’ve selected what you want, scroll to the bottom of the screen. Click “Save Changes.”

Use It

Now that you’ve got Undo Send enabled, it’s time to start using it. Every time send an email from Gmail, you’ll see a success message at the top of the screen with two links. One will be to undo the sending of the message and the other just be to view the message. This option will remain there for the time limit you selected in the settings.

If you click “Undo,” you’ll be sent back to the compose screen to edit your message. When you send the message again, you’ll be able to choose the Undo Send option again, if necessary. However, if you click any other link on the screen or close the tab or anything else, the option to undo the message is over.

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Princess Jones is the evil genius behind P.S. Jones Copy & Design, where she helps food and drink businesses speak the language of their audiences. For more talk about copywriting, design, and the tools to pull them off, follow her on Twitter @imprincessjones.

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