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#1 Mike Allen

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 02:34

If you ever send a Gmail message too early or you change your mind after you press "Send", there's a feature that will help you. It's called "Undo Send" and you can find in the crowded space of experimental features from Gmail Labs.

After enabling the feature, Gmail will show an "undo" link when you send a message. You have to react quickly because the link disappears in 5 seconds and there's no way to bring it back. If keyboard shortcuts are enabled in your Gmail account, a better option than clicking on "undo" is to press "z". When you undo sending a mail, Gmail saves it as a draft and you can continue editing the message or discard it.

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#2 Damien R.

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 04:40

wow 5 seconds isn't long enough :p

Still though its an awesome addition to the service!

#3 qdave


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Posted 20 March 2009 - 05:24

yeha 5 secs seems to be shortish. but still better than nothing :)

#4 Weddings



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Posted 20 March 2009 - 05:35

Almost people don't know they has mistaken with your messenger later 30 second to 1 minutes. But come to that , it's late

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 09:24

This isn't about sending an email you'll regret, it's more about sending an email then thinking "Ooops i forgot to attach this" or "Oops i left the address out" etc.
In this case 5seconds is plenty.

#6 Vakerorokero



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Posted 20 March 2009 - 09:35

I always think about it the next morning... never send emails while drunk, you won't notice the 5-sec google button.

#7 Mayhem



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Posted 20 March 2009 - 09:36

lol that's no undo, that is probably simply a 5 secs timer to real send it

#8 Pupik


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Posted 20 March 2009 - 09:38

Should have just show you the preview and then verify your need to send. Five seconds s useless, no matter what you want to do.

#9 grik



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Posted 20 March 2009 - 11:01

This 5sec would have be enough in the timnes that i mistakly sent an email, i once turn off the PC to prevent it from beeing sent, no good, its like right in the momment that i press SEND, so 5 sec´s is enough for me, on most of the times.


#10 .KICK


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Posted 20 March 2009 - 11:02

Good feature but I doubt I will see myself using it.

#11 OP Mike Allen

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 15:26

Back in the day AOL had it where you could unsend an email (both parties being AOL), as long as the other recipient hadn't opened it yet. Only Very nice feature.

#12 MidnightDevil


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Posted 20 March 2009 - 15:59

Hum, 5 sec is short, most of us agree, there should be a "retrieve mail" like outlook has.. even though not always works properly and isn't always there. But anyway, its better than nothing. Be aware of the 5 sec time limit when u all send an email :p

#13 vetmaplecookie


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Posted 20 March 2009 - 16:01

Psh...I need like a min. I'll hit send, start doing something else and think "oh...my...god". :p

#14 Jacky L.

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 16:03

Yeah I think 15 or 20 seconds is better.

#15 Inctye



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Posted 20 March 2009 - 16:31

Psh...I need like a min. I'll hit send, start doing something else and think "oh...my...god". :p

As more than a few people suggested in their Google forums for the gadget, it would be best if there was a custom timer for each user to set it to whatever they want. Ideally, most people won't mind 30secs to 1min delay. But, there surely might be some people out there that would like to have a 5min delay and in this means there should also be a manual bypass button to send immediately if you feel the email was perfect.

I think this feature is great paves the way writing an email beforehand and then set an alarm for a specific time for when it should be sent. Comes in handy in certain situations where timing of emails are crucial.