The Email Undo Feature of Gmail and Google Apps

A few years ago I came across a neat little feature, hidden away in the bowls of Google’s Gmail settings, in the lab / experimental section.  This is the section which has all kinds of really neat – some useful, some not useful – gadgets and gizmos which Google experiments with from time to time.  Some of these experiments breakout to become mainstream functions and settings, while others, remain in the labs section for an indeterminate amount of time.

The Email Undo function is one such option.  In order to access this option, you have to first enable it in the Labs section after going into your Gmail settings.

Gmail Labs Undo Function

After the option is enabled, you’ll have the ability to change the amount of time the Undo feature is available to you in the General Settings section.  See the image below.

Gmail Labs Undo Function Settings

There are some very good reasons why I find this feature so very useful and important, my personal favorites are listed below, you may have others.

  • Sending an email without an attachment – I did that today and used this feature to undo the send, attach the document and resend.  This is what prompted me to write this little blog posting.
  • Sending an email to the wrong people – How often have we pressed “Reply All”, only to regret it a second later?

Google actually has a nice “how to” page explaining exactly how to activate this feature.  Click here to go there and check it out for yourself.

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