How to recall the nasty email you accidentally just sent your boss

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It’s late, you’re tired and you accidentally just emailed an angry rant about your boss to her, instead of to the co-worker it was intended for.


It’s probably too late to do anything about that email. But by making a few simple tweaks to Gmail or Outlook you can greatly reduce the chances of future email slip-ups ruining your life.

 How to undo sent emails in Gmail

Gmail doesn’t have a traditional “recall” function like Outlook. Instead, it has a function you can enable that allows you to “unsend” a message within a certain amount of time.

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  • You can turn it on by going to the cog icon in Gmail (on the top right), selecting “Settings” and then selecting the “General tab.”
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  • Scroll down the page and check the “Enable Undo Send” option. You can choose a cancellation period of five, 10, 20 or 30 seconds.
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  • Now, whenever you send an email, you’ll see a pop-up that asks if you want to unsend the message. Tap it and it’ll never leave your outbox.