Back in college, you wish you could take back that drunken text you sent to your ex after a night of too much partying. Now in the corporate working world, you wish you could take back that email you accidentally sent to your boss about your weekend of too much partying, and other fun stuff. Such a tragic moment when you press Send and your heart stops, wondering what compelled you to do that and counting the seconds until your boss shouts your name and demands to see you in his office.
Gmail, one of the most popular email services used by businesses, hears our plea for help and has offered a nifty hidden secret that allows us to unsend our regrettable emails!
- Go to the right-hand corner and click on the Cog icon (It’s that circular, mechanical-looking thing with petals).
- Scroll down and click on Settings.
- On the top row, click on Labs.
- Scroll down towards the button until you see the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: Undo Send.
- Click Enable and then Save Changes at the button of the page.
- Now, whenever you have composed an angry venting email, or a TMI email to a co-worker and you accidentally press send, you have 10 seconds to press the Undo button at the very top of your inbox….the button sent from the Gmail gods that will save you your job!!
After you click on Unsend, which I have very subtly highlighted for you, your email will appear in the drafting stage again, so you can fix some typos, change the recipients, or just delete that entire NSFW email that you shouldn’t even be composing at work, genius!