Google’s hidden new feature

The Undo Send Feature

Google’s new feature is great addition for those of us that tend to guess the format or content of our emails, or those who send emails without proofreading.  This new feature is the “Undo Send” email feature.  This feature will allow the user to recall an email that they sent for whatever reason and allow the user to change any detail they like, and then resend it.

  Though it has been around for a few years, recently it has become available for all to Gmail users to have now.  Since 2009, it was hidden away in the labs sections but now it can be fully utilized to everyone’s benefit.  The way it works is that once you’ve sent an email, an “undo” prompt will appear at the top of the page.  Click it to change anything that you don’t like (wrong name of the receiver, incorrect information, forgetting to add on an important attachment, an email to your high school crush), or leave it and the email will be sent.  What happens is that rather than sending the email straight away, it holds it for 10, 20 or 30 seconds.  Within this time modifications can be made if you so choose.  One of the best parts is that it not only works on your computer but also on your mobile device.  If a mistake is made from home or on the go it can easily be rectified anywhere.

The way to enable this is to go to setting, scroll down to “Undo Send” and click enable.  From here you can choose to set a cancellation period to be anywhere between 5 – 30 seconds long.  Sadly you can’t write an angry letter to your boss, send it, and after a night’s sleep try to recall it.  What you can do is undo an email if you accidentally hit the send button though.  Professionally it makes for a great feature as well.  As stated above if you accidentally send an unfinished email then the delay will allow you to cancel the send request.  Another example would be if you accidently hit reply all when you just trying to respond to one person, with this feature, you can cancel the send request and remove the reply all option from the email.  This safety net will allow people to send fewer mistakes, have less rage induced emails sent, and have an all-around better looking and more profession email.  For people like me, this is great news!