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How to ‘unsend’ an email from your Gmail account
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If you’ve ever sent an email and immediately regretted it, there’s a way to retract that message if you act quickly! 

Gmail’s ‘Undo Send’ feature has been around for some time, but it’s one of those things that people don’t think about activating until they’ve sent an email that was a little embarrassing. 

So open up your Gmail account on your desktop and let’s get started! 

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Step 1: In the upper-right corner of the screen, select the gear icon and then click on Settings, which will take you to the Settings window. 

How to 'unsend' an email from your Gmail account

Step 2: Under the General tab, scroll down until you see Undo Send. Click the check box to enable the feature. Choose a cancellation period of between 5 and 30 seconds.

Scroll to the bottom of the General tab and click Save Changes to activate the feature.

How to 'unsend' an email from your Gmail account

Step 3: To test Undo Send, compose an email and click the Send button.

How to 'unsend' an email from your Gmail account

Step 4: At the top of the screen, you’ll see the option to ‘Undo’ after the sentence, ‘Your message has been sent.’ This will prevent the message from going out if you act within the cancellation period. 

How to 'unsend' an email from your Gmail account

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Michael Timmermann paid off his mortgage in two years. Now, he shares his money-saving tips on his blog, Save on Almost Everything.
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