Ever wish you could turn back time and have never sent that email? How many times have you hit the ‘Send’ button and then in terror realized it was send to your boss and not your boyfriend? Finally, Gmail allows you to stop messages from being delivered for up to 30 seconds after being sent. All you have to do is to enable the ‘Undo’ feature!
1. Sign into your Gmail account using your username and password. If you are intrigued by Google’s new feature and wish to own your personal Gmail account, then you can easily create one for free here.
2. After a successful log in, click on the ‘Settings’ tab on the top right corner of the main home page. Then click on the ‘Labs’ option in the upper right-hand of the settings list.
3. Now scroll down the Gmail Labs list and locate the “Undo Send” feature. Normally, you will find it to the bottom of the list. Once you locate it, click on the ‘Enable’ option on the right and then on ‘Save your changes’ on the bottom of the page.
4. Moreover, you can change the feature’s default settings and increase the send cancelation period from 5 up to 30 seconds. To do so, click again on ‘Settings’ and then on the ‘General’ tab. Scroll down the list and find the ‘Undo Send’ option. From there, you will be able to enable/disable the feature and change the time limit anytime. Do not forget to click save changes again!
5. To make sure that the ‘Undo Send’ option is indeed activated, send a test message to your account or to a friend’s email. After hitting send, a line text that your email has been send will appear along with the ‘Undo’ option. If your settings have been successfully saved, once you click ‘Undo’ a ‘Sending Has Been Undone’ message will appear and you will be redirected back to the compose message page. From there, you will be able to edit, resend or even delete your email.
Gmail’s ‘Undo Send’ option is here promising to put an end to your ‘sending’ anxiety. Just keep in mind that your cancelation period is up to 30 seconds; after that, nothing can take back your action. Moreover, this feature is still part of Google Labs meaning that it is still under trial and may change or disappear under at any time.