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One of Gmail's best experimental features has been made official

Undo send had been an experimental feature since 2009, but now is as good a time as any to activate it.

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CONSIDERING IT’S BEEN around for six years now, it’s a bit surprising that undo send for Gmail has been an experimental feature for so long.

Until now that is. Starting from today, Undo Send has now been made an official feature of the service.

What happens is if you send a mail, you have a certain number of seconds to undo it before it’s officially sent which is handy if you accidentally click send too early. It’s a handy safety net to have should you ever find yourself in that situation.

Those who already have it activated won’t need to worry as it will be switched on by default. For those of you who don’t, now is as good a time as any to turn it on since it’s a little easier to find this time (If it doesn’t appear in settings, you’ll have to go into Labs instead).

1) Go into settings.
2) Under general, find the Undo Send feature (it’s the ninth entry under Send and Archive).
3) Tick the box and choose the length of time for the option to be displayed.

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And that’s it. It’s recommended you give yourself the maximum amount of time (30 seconds) so if you shortly realise you said something you shouldn’t, you have more than enough time to recall it.

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