You have got to be the worst boss ever. Not only are you stupid and cheap, you’re ugly too. I don’t care if I have to sleep on the streets, I’m done with this lousy job. That’s right, I quit, effective immediately. Good luck trying to find some other sucker willing to put up with your shenanigans.
I Hate My Boss, Inc.
If you’ve ever been so fed up that you’ve sent a nasty email, only to regret your decision the millisecond after you hit the Send button, you need to get Undo Send for Gmail.
Undo Send is a feature that gives you a cooling off period before your email is actually sent out by Gmail. Undo Send gives you up to 30 seconds to change your mind and take back your email before anyone sees it.
This feature isn’t just for nasty emails. Perhaps you hit Reply All when you meant to reply only to the sender. Or maybe you sent an email claiming to have attached a file, then suddenly realized that you forgot to attach it.
Use Undo Send and suddenly the 500 recipients who were about to see that embarrassing email will be none the wiser about your transgression.
How to Enable Undo Send
First, get a Gmail account. This only works on Gmail — sorry if you use any other email service.
Second, open your Gmail account and click on the gear icon in the upper right corner.
Click on Settings in the drop down menu. Then click on Labs in the top menu.
Scroll down to “Undo Send” and click Enable.
Then scroll back up to the top and click Save Changes.
That’s it. You’re done.
Test Undo Send
Yes, you could test to see whether this feature works by sending the above Nasty Gram to your boss, but I suggest sending an email to yourself to try it out first. Write an email to yourself (be nice!) and hit Send.
At the top of the screen an Undo link will appear for a few seconds. Click on the link before it disappears and the email won’t be sent.
Customizing Undo Send
Setting up Undo Send is easy and you don’t have to do anything else. But if you want to customize this feature, you can adjust the amount of time the Undo Send button appears, from 5-30 seconds.
To adjust the time the Undo link appears after you hit the Send button, click on the Gear icon, then Settings, but this time, click on General, on the left side of the top menu. Scroll down to Undo Send and choose the Undo Send Cancellation period.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Save Changes. You can change this later if you need more or less time.
What Else You Need to Know
Do this now. You know very well that if you don’t do this right now, sure enough you are bound to send out an embarrassing email before you have a chance to enable this feature. Setting up Undo Send only takes about a minute and then you’ll have this feature ready to go, whether you need it or not. That’s peace of mind, free of charge!
Undo Send is temporary. Once the Undo Send button disappears, the email has been sent and you can’t retrieve it. Sorry, but it can’t work miracles.
Avoid unnecessary embarrassment by enabling Undo Send. You’ll be able to retrieve your emails for a few seconds after you hit Send, perhaps preserving your reputation and your job.
Have you ever sent out an email you instantly regretted sending? Are you brave enough to share with us what happened? Has Undo Send ever saved you from a predicament? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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