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Gmail Adds an "Undo Send" Feature

Gmail Adds an "Undo Send" Feature

How many times have you hit "Send" on an email, only to realize you goofed. More often than you want to admit, right? Outllok has a recall feature that works on Exchange ... some of the time. But basically emails sent via the Internet, once you hit "Send," they're gone. Until Gmail's "Undo Send" feature, that is.

It's another Gmail Labs feature, so to enable it you have to go into Settings, Labs, scroll down to Undo Send and enable it.



It's the same thing as sending any other email via the Internet, though. Once it's gone, it's gone. What "Undo Send" does is hold your email for 5 seconds before sending it.

During that time, if you click the "Undo Send" link, it will not only stop the email, it will roll back the email to the point you were at in composing it before you hit "Send."

Will it save you? We tested it and it worked. Don't try to send yourself an email to test it, though. In that case the email still showed up. Sending an email to a friend's email address, and hitting "Undo Send" worked great, however.

This isn't the first Gmail Labs feature set to save you from yourself. Google earlier introduced Mail Goggles which would keep you from sending an email if you were too drunk or groggy to answer a math question.
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That's a pretty cool feature. As I'm a Gmail user it could save me from a few sticky situations :p

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Five seconds ? That's going to require some quick thinking !...

Henri

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lol. I don't think I have ever sent out a email that a regretted, but this would be nice for that typo and such.

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5 seconds is CRAP. It takes way longer than that to reload the page on dialup, and even on broadband when there is massive network usage. This should really be several minutes, since you could be ticked at someone, send the email, get a cup of coffee and come sit back down only to realize that you didnt really want to send that message out.

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And I totally agree with Drago... five seconds is useless for anything other than realizing you accidentally hit the send button in mid-sente

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See what they do is when you enable the filter, they delay all outgoing SMTP traffic through your account (aka outgoing messages) by 5 seconds or so, just long enough that you can cancel it using the link.  I agree with you both, in two regards.

5 seconds is way too short, both for connection speed dependence, and for realizing you shouldn't have sent the message.  But, if they wanted to lengthen the period, you would have a large delay between your message being sent and it actually being received.

They should add another button which skips the "review" period if you have something that needs to be sent immediately, and if you need to think about it, you can use the feature as per normal.

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thats awesome though, great feature

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haha agreed -- 5 seconds even on high-speed would require some "1337" clicks. Its still a neat feature, I had no idea that Outlook had an existing feature already? ...boggles the mind...

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Outlook's (recall) feature doesn't work, unless the the receiving client (Outlook or not) is configured to allow for it. 'Recall' actually sends a second mail to the person asking to rescind the original mail.

What's needed to really make it work would be digital encryption/signing and a central authority that mail programs would use to get the decryption key. DRM for mail, yay! Oh, it would destroy the ability to scan for junk-mail on the client side? Nevermind then.

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