Friday, April 7, 2017

G is for Gmail – Did You Know You Can Unsend a Message?

Have you ever written one of those emails, the ones you let your emotions dictate, hitting send before thinking it through and the instant you do all you want is to recall it?  We’ve all had those moment when we fire off an email only to wish we hadn’t and dreading the moment the person opens and reads it.  For anyone who doesn’t know this trick – there is a way to unsend a Gmail message, though you have to be quick about it.  Thirty seconds is the most you have to change your mind and cancel the message.

How do you make this happen?  It takes just a few quick steps.

  • ·         Log in to your Gmail account on your computer.
  • ·         In the upper right corner of the screen, click the Settings icon (the one that looks like a gear).
  • ·         From the Settings menu, choose the option for Settings.
  • ·         Under the General tab check the box to enable Undo Send.
  • ·         Click the drop-box to set how long you have to cancel the message.
  • ·         Click the Save Changes button.
  • ·         To test the feature compose a message to yourself and then click the Send button.
  • ·         At the top of the screen, you'll see a message that says: "Your message has been sent. Undo. View Message."
  • ·         To prevent the message from being sent, click the Undo link.

Gmail stops the message from going out and displays it in case you wish to make any changes and then resend it. If not, you can simply close the message, and it's relegated to your Drafts folder where you can keep it or delete it.

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