Google Mail: Recall or Retract Messages with the “Undo Send” Lab

Google does not have an option to recall or retract a sent message, but you can give yourself a few seconds to stop an email that you weren’t quite ready to send by enabling the “Undo Send” lab.

Note:

Labs are experimental features. It is very possible that some labs are so well liked and work so well that they become regular features in Google Mail; however, is also possible that labs may break or disappear. Keep this in mind as you enable labs. If you enjoy a lab, giving feedback within the [Labs] tab in “Settings” can help make improvements and increase its chances of becoming a regular feature.

  1. Navigate to cedarville.edu/google.
  2. Click the “Mail” link and log in to your account.
  3. From the Mail window, click the gear-shaped [Settings] icon and then choose “Settings” from the resulting list.
  4. Click the [Labs] tab.
  5. Next to the “Undo Send” lab, click the “Enable” radio button.
  6. Click [Save Changes] when you are finished.

When you send an email, you will receive a banner notification at the top of the screen (“Sending…”). You will have a few moments to click “Cancel” or “Undo.”

Once you enable the lab, you can adjust the length of the cancelation period from your settings:

  1. Click the gear-shaped [Settings] icon and choose "Settings" from the resulting list.
  2. In the [General] tab, scroll to the "Undo Send" section.
  3. Lengthen the cancelation period (it can be either 5, 10, 20, or 30 seconds) by choosing a number from the drop down list.
  4. Click [Save Changes] when you are done.


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