How to Undo Accidental Emails on Gmail

Imagine you come across a hot job that perfectly matches your profile and the application instruction says “Please Apply with a copy of your CV and Cover Letter attached to the email“.
Then out of the excitement of thinking that you are the best fit for the job and there is no reason why the employer shouldn’t call you, you mistakenly send out the email without attaching your CV and/or Cover Letter. Ouch!, you scream.

A friend of mine once sent an email to a client and wanted to end it with the usual “Regards”. However, since the letters G and T are close on the keyboard, he erroneously typed “Retards“. He lost that client!

Do those scenarios sound familiar to you? I’m sure you’ve most probably experienced accidental emailing.

Google Gmail comes with a feature that helps you undo accidental emails. It’s one of my favorite features. If you don’t have a gmail account, you can get one at

Here’s how to use this feature:

Click the Gear (Settings) icon on the top right hand corner of Gmail, then mouse down to “Settings.”

Then click to “Labs.” Search for the lab feature titled “Undo Send.” Enable it, and click “Save changes.” The page should refresh after you save your changes.

Still navigate tp “Settings,” go to “General,” and scroll down to the “Undo Send” section. Enable it there too if it’s not already enabled. From there also, you can set how long it would take for your accidental emails to be undone. The default is 10 seconds.

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Every time you send an email, a yellow bar will pop up and give you the chance to click undo as shown in the image above.
So the next time you accidentally send out an email, you’ve got a few seconds to fix your mistake.

Good luck peeps as you apply for your jobs via email!

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