Google has added a much needed feature to the web version of Gmail in the shape of an Undo Send option that could prove critical in some circumstances.
The feature is already available for the new-look Gmail, known as Inbox, but has now been added to the normal version of Gmail and is available under the general tab in user settings. It needs to be enabled by a user before it will work.
There is a choice of five, 10, 20 and 30 second cool off periods when the email can be recalled. It is a simple ‘enable this' option, and V3 can confirm that it is live and working.
"Previously a popular feature in Gmail Labs, we're adding 'Undo Send' as a formal setting in Gmail on the web," said a Google Apps Update post.
"'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."
The feature will appeal to anyone who has sent an email to the wrong person or had a last minute change of mind about the content.
Google Apps update alerts: Undo Send for Gmail on the web http://t.co/nSDab3Shnw— Massimiliano Mancini (@Mamanet) June 23, 2015
Google offers other ways of stopping an email including one that checks that an email is not being sent while drunk. This feature hit Google Labs in 2008 and was presented as a face-saving option.
"Sometimes I send messages I shouldn't send. Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together," wrote Jon Perlow, Gmail engineer at the time.
"Gmail can't always prevent you sending messages you might later regret, but today we're launching [a feature] called Mail Goggles which may help.
"When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email.
"And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple maths problems after you click send to verify you're in the right state of mind?"
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