We’ve all done it, sent that nasty email to a boss, co-worker, spouse. That email that we really wish we hadn’t sent? You know the one.
If only we could go back in time, we could un-send that email and save the hard apology we’ll have to go through.
While Google doesn’t provide a time machine, it does give you a ten second window to rethink your email send. Here’s how to enable it.
Launch your favorite web browser and navigate to Gmail. Find the little gear icon in the upper right-hand corner, and then click on Settings.
Over to the right, you’ll see the Labs link. Click there, and then scroll all the way down to “Undo Send.” Click on the Enable radio checkbox.
Now click on Save Changes at the bottom of the Labs page. That’s it! Now when you send an email via the Gmail web interface, you’ll have 10 seconds to rethink your hasty action and undo sending that nastygram.
Simply click the Undo link that will show up at the top of the Gmail web interface and the email won’t send. Hooray!