There are no second chances in life, but there may be in the email. While this is of little comfort to those who wish they can hit “undo” in semi-recent national events, turn undo send Gmail. This feature gives us all the break we so desperately need.
Are you using it? You really should be.
E-mail, after all, is deceptively difficult. Reaching inbox zero is basically a pipe dream, and crafting the perfect message that is not plagued by typographical errors is an increasingly difficult task, as distractions provided by Facebook / Twitter / Snapchat / the upcoming WWIII pile up.
How many times have you hit “send” in a professional email just to immediately realize that you have misspelled the name of the recipient? Or sent a message to millions of people who ask them how much they hate CNN?
With just a small adjustment of Gmail settings, no one needs to know about these embarrassing errors. Because that’s right, you can take an email back. Kind of.
The feature was released to the general public in 2015 and allows people with a Gmail account to set a time window – either 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds – during which the sender can quickly withdraw a decision to shoot To any especially sick person – accepted emails from the entire company.
The SUPER IMPORTANT part is that you have to activate the function before sending that questionable email. So all of you who simply catartimatically hit “left” the messages hoping to undo them quickly have no luck.
Fortunately, activating the feature is incredibly simple. Log in to your Gmail account, click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the screen and select Settings. Then scroll to the “Enable Undo Send” check box and select it. You can then choose a “shipment cancellation period” of the aforementioned 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds.
Finally, scroll down and click “save changes”. Do not forget this part.
The next time you write a missive and throw it into the digital void you will have the opportunity to retreat in all its glory. With Undo Send enabled, you sleep better at night knowing that your email has a fail-safe – even if the rest of the world is a terrible disaster.