How to recall an email

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How to recall an email with Gmail

It was used gmail, can call up an email using the specific function available in the Web version of the service. Connect, therefore, to the home page of Gmail, log in to your Google account (if necessary) and access the settings of the e-mail box by first clicking on theicon dell'ingranaggio (located at the top right) and then on the item Settings, in the menu that appears on the screen.


On the page that opens, select the tab Generali, metti il ​​segno di spunta next to the voice Enable Undo Send and use the drop-down menu located next to the wording Period of cancellation of sending to specify the number of seconds within which to cancel sending a message (from 5 a 30). Once this is done, go to the bottom of the page and click on the button Save Changes for the settings to take effect.


Mission accomplished! From this moment on, you can cancel sending a message on Gmail by simply clicking on the item Cancel present in the yellow box that appears at the top after pressing the button Send. The option will disappear after a maximum number of 30 seconds (i.e. after the number of seconds set in the service configuration menu). To underline the fact that it is not possible to use the function from external clients, but only from the Web version of Gmail.

Give smartphone and tablet

Using the Gmail app for Android or iOS, you can cancel the sending of a message in a slightly different way than the one we have just seen together for the web version of the service, but equally effective.


A device was used Android, for example, you cannot directly cancel the sending of a message, but you can activate the sending confirmation: in this way, after pressing the forwarding button of an email, you will have to give a second confirmation to send it and so you can avoid unwanted mailings made too hastily or by mistake. To activate the sending confirmations in Gmail for Android, start the official app of the service, tap onhamburger icon collocata in alto a sinistra and selects the voice Settings from the bar that appears on the side. Next, go on General Settings, metti il ​​segno di spunta next to the voice Confirm before sending And that's it.


If you use a iPhone or iPad, you can cancel sending a message in Gmail by simply pressing the button Cancel which appears at the bottom right of the official app of the service (after sending an email). The button will disappear after about 5 seconds and there is no way to enable or disable its appearance from within the application.

How to retrieve an email with Outlook

Outlook, the famous email client for Windows and macOS included in Microsoft's Office package, offers a function to retrieve emails, but only if the recipient has an Exchange account in the same organization. In other words, you can only cancel messages that have been sent within your organization and only if they are directed to an Exchange account. Also, the messages to be withdrawn must not have been read by their respective recipients.


Finally, I remind you that this possibility of withdrawing an e-mail message is available only with the use of the e-mail client; it is not possible to cancel the sending of an email from the web version of the Microsoft service (Outlook.com). All clear? Very well, then let's see how to proceed.

If you want to recall a message sent from Outlook, open the program, select the folder Mail sent from the left sidebar and double-click the email you want to call back. In the window that opens, select the tab Message (top left), click the button Actions (top center) and select the item Recall the message from the menu that appears on the screen.

Now you can choose if delete unread copies of the message o delete unread copies and replace them with a new message, putting the check mark next to one of the two available options (choose the second item if you want to write a replacement message to send instead of the recalled one) and click on the button OK per I will proceed.


Please note: the recipient of the recalled message will receive a notification of the recall in their inbox.

How to retrieve an email with Thunderbird

It was used Thunderbird, the famous e-mail client produced by Mozilla, unfortunately you cannot retrieve the e-mails as happens on Gmail or Outlook. However, you can install a free extension that allows you to enable sending confirmations: in this way, before sending a message, you will have to confirm and thus avoid the forwarding of unwanted emails.


The extension that allows you to enable sending confirmations is called Send Later (Check and Send in English) and you can download it to your PC by connecting to this page of the Mozilla Addons site and clicking on the button Download now. When the download is complete, to install the add-on, open Thunderbird, click on thehamburger icon collocata in alto a destra e seleciona la voce Additional components give the menu to compare.

In the next window, select the icon Extensions from the left sidebar, presses onicon dell'ingranaggio located at the top right, choose the item Install add-on from file from the menu that appears and select the file xpi extension you downloaded earlier.

To finish, click on Install adesso and then Restart now to complete the Send Later installation and restart Thunderbird. When you start the program again, every time you try to send an email, you will be asked to confirm the operation.

I also point out that by going to the menu Extensions Thunderbird and selecting the item options placed next to the name of Check and Send you can choose whether to ask for confirmation of dispatch always or only in certain circumstances (e.g. if the fields are not filled in A: o cc:). To completely delete the sending confirmations, however, you can uninstall the extension by clicking on the button Remove placed next to his name.


How to retrieve an email with Mac

You have a Mac and use Mail as an email client? In this case, you can activate the unsubscribe function of emails sent via Mail butler: an add-on for the famous Apple software that can be used for free up to 30 monthly operations (in addition to canceling sent emails, it can also provide reminders for attachments, unsubscribe from mailing lists and much more) or presents costs starting from 7,93 euros / month.

To create your free account on Mailbutler, connect to the official website of the service and click on the button Try Mailbutler for free. On the page that opens, fill out the form that is proposed to you with e-mail e Password to be used for access (to be repeated in the field Repeat password), put the check mark next to the option Accept Terms & Conditions and presses the button Create Account.

A confirmation message will be sent to you by email: open it and verify your identity by clicking on the button Confirm email address, then access the Mailbutler dashboard, click on you don't know in alto a destra and selects the voice Preferences give the menu to compare your schermo.

On the page that opens, select the item General from the left sidebar, put the check mark next to the option Enable undo send and use the adjacent drop-down menu to choose the number of seconds within which the sending can be canceled (you can set a maximum of 60 seconds). Finally, click on the button Save located at the bottom of the page to save the changes.

Now you need to install the Mailbutler application on your Mac (with its plugin for Mail). Connect, therefore, to this page of Mailbutler and click on the download button dedicated to Apple Mail. When the download is complete, open the zip package that contains the program, drag it into the folder Applications macOS and start it by double clicking on its icon (alternatively, you can download Mailbutler from the Mac App Store). Once the Mailbutler client has started, click on open, Then Quit Mail (to install the plugin in Mail), log into your Mailbutler account and restart Mail.

At this point you should be able to recall an e-mail message simply by pressing the appropriate button (Undo send) that appears in the box displayed at the top right after sending an email.

In case of second thoughts, you can uninstall the Mailbutler plugin for Mail by clicking on the Mailbutler icon in the menu bar (next to the system clock), by pressing onicon dell'ingranaggio located at the bottom of the menu that appears on the screen and finally selecting the option Uninstall Mail Plugin.

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