Have you ever sent an email that says, “Hey Fred,” when you meant “Hey Alice,” making it clear that you’re either stupid or you copied and pasted from another form email? Or have you ever hit “reply all” and said something out of line that you only meant to send to your coworker buddy?
We’ve all been there and had that moment of panic where your entire career or a deal flashes before your eyes. If you realize the faux pas the next day, it’s probably too late, but if you realize immediately, there’s a chance that you can take it back if no one has read it, and here’s how:
- In Gmail, all you have to do is go to “Settings” and click “Labs” (or the beaker symbol) and find “Undo Send.” All you have to do is click “Enable” to turn on this feature. Now, if you need to “undo” an email from Gmail, just click your new “Undo” button/link.
- In Outlook, in the Navigation Pane, click “Sent Items” and open the message you want to recall/undo. On the “Actions” menu, click “Recall This Message” and click “Delete Unread Copies of this Message.” In Outlook, you have a few options for whether or not you want to replace it, and see who has or has not read the message.
Since we’re on the topic, have you ever wanted to undo an email you’ve sent? Tell us about it in comments and we might share some of our own 1990s “oops” stories!