Gmail Gives 5 Seconds to Stop, Cancel, Undo Sent Email

Satheesh C B | Sunday, March 22, 2009 | 2 comments

GMail added  another new feature in Gmail Labs.It’s called “Undo Send,” and as the name suggests, it lets you take back a sent email, as long as you act quickly enough.If you gmailnewaddressed an e-mail to the wrong person, let slip with an embarrassing typo or simply said something you really, really shouldn't have, Undo Send can be a lifesaver.Gmail’s  undo  feature which gives you a 5 second window to stop, cancel and undo a sent email.It is not activated by default, and you need to enable the feature for it to work.


Gmail users can enable the new Undo Send feature by going into their Labs settings and turning it on -- click on the little green flask at the top of the screen, or go to Settings and click on the Labs tab.


Gmail > Settings > Labs > Undo Email > Enable > Save Changes

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Google in its blog is calling it a “panic” button - which is really all it is. It gives you the chance, if you’re quick enough to change your mind - but only if you’re quick enough.


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  1. Great idea for those who are reckless and careless enough to send emails without thinking. Downside is they should be 5 seconds quick enough to undo their carelessness. At least Gmail gave these people an option.

  2. First of all, I love Gmail, it’s my one-and-only email system. And I’m certainly glad to see the ever accelerating rate of enhancements, whether “official” or just the Labs variety. But oh, please, can we have some control here and call features what they really are?