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Gmail users will be pleased to hear that they can now click “undo send” on emails that contain mistakes or embarrassing content.

Gmail has made the feature simple to use, allowing people to easily access it from the settings menu and choose the length of the cancellation period. Users will have up to 30 seconds to cancel any emails that they regret sending.

The feature was previously available in Gmail’s Lab settings as an experimental feature, but has now been introduced as a standard part of Google’s email service to enable its 900 million active users to access it more easily.

In order to be able to start using the feature, users who are not currently using the Labs version will need to activate it.

The unsend option can be found under the General Settings tab, along with a drop-down box allowing users to select what cancellation period they would like to set. They can choose a cancellation period of 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds. They will then have those set amount of seconds to undo-send and stop the email from reaching the recipient.

Upon release of the feature, Google said: “Today we’re adding ‘Undo Send’ as a formal setting in Gmail on the web.”

“‘Undo Send’ allows people using Gmail to cancel a sent mail if they have second thoughts immediately after sending. The feature is turned off by default for those not currently using the Labs version, and can be enabled from the General tab in Gmail settings.”

Earlier this year, Google executive Sundar Pichai said that over 70 per cent of Gmail’s users access their email account via a mobile device. Mobile users can still unsend emails, but will currently need to do so via the company’s Inbox app rather than its mobile website or Gmail app.

Gmail’s Labs contains a number of experimental features, including a feature that will enable users to see which emails from companies, such as eBay, are genuine.

Gmail labelled its Labs experiments as “crazy experimental stuff… a testing ground for experimental features that aren’t quite ready for primetime.”

 


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