We’ve all made email mistakes. Maybe you sent an important email without a subject or it wasn’t finished. Or maybe you sent it to the wrong recipient. At that moment, all you want is some kind of undo button. Well, there is a way to cancel Gmail message after it’s been sent. But you have to catch it fast! You’ve only got 30 seconds. You have to think ahead and have this feature already activated BEFORE you send an email. Let me show you how quick and easy it is to use.

Go to your Gmail inbox and click the Settings icon. It looks like a gear. It will open up a drop-down menu.

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Once on the settings page, click the general tab.

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Scroll down to Undo Send. It’s just below Send and Archive.

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Tick the Undo Send box. You can choose to give yourself anywhere between 5 and 30 seconds to change your mind.

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Now it is time to save the change we made! Scroll down to the bottom of the page. You will see two options: Save Changes and  Click on Save Changes.

Now let’s test it. Send a blank mail to your own mail id (just write your own mail id in the recipient’s field and hit send!). You will instantly have a pop up with two options: Undo and View Message. Simply click on the Undo icon.

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TaDa! Job is done! Check your inbox. There is no mail from sender me (which is you, when you send the mail to yourself).

~ Riya Kayal