Do You Use Gmail? Here’s a Super-Useful Feature You Definitely Need…

Ali Luke

Like a lot of bloggers, I use Gmail. And there’s a good chance you might do too.

(If not? Give it a try. It’s the best email system I’ve used, and I’ve tried quite a few!)

Gmail has plenty of neat built-in features … for instance, if I write the words “I’ve attached” and then fail to actually attach the file, Gmail will pop up a prompt asking me if I’m sure I want to send the message without an attachment.

One of the most useful features I’ve found, though, is a Gmail Labs add-on. Gmail has a bunch of these optional Labs features that you can choose to try out. (You can find out more about Labs here.)

It looks like this:


Yes, that’s an “Undo” link! It’s deceptively small and simple … but very handy for those moments when you hit Send and immediately think oh no!

With this little link, which appears straight after your email is sent, you get five seconds to change your mind. It’s perfect if:

  • You accidentally email the wrong person.
  • You hit Ctrl+Enter instead of Enter when adding a paragraph break, and send your email without meaning to.
  • You realise a second after hitting send that you meant to add something else.

(Note that the “Undo” feature simply delays your emails being sent by a few seconds; it doesn’t actually recall an email that’s been sent. This is why it only works for the five seconds after hitting Send.)

Are you using this already? Is there another Gmail Labs feature you love? Let us know in the comments.


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10 Responses to “Do You Use Gmail? Here’s a Super-Useful Feature You Definitely Need…”

  • Tom

    Thanks a lot for this tip. I have a desk job and I have to respond to 100 of mails everyday. These issues usually happen with me that I accidentally send a mail to some other person.
    I will definitely try this feature. Thanks

  • Ali Luke

    Hey Rakshanda, you can switch your email address under Users–>Your Profile. You’ll also need to change the admin email address under Settings–>General.

  • Rakshanda Anderson

    Hi Ali, many thanks for the gmail tip…. unfortunately although I do have a gmail account I have been using yahoo for a long while and set up my blog with the yahoo account. Is there any way I can swap? Look forward to your response. Thanks!

  • Raspal Seni

    Hi Ali,

    Nice feature and I had to use it only once, just a few days ago when I accidentally hit send. I had intended to save the reply as a draft and send the next day.

    I didn’t know about the attachment feature you mentioned about. Very cool, I’d say. I’ll remember to add the word attachment if I intend to add an attachment to the e-mail, so GMail could remind me. I often forget to add the attachment and have to send another e-mail. 🙂

    Thanks for the tip.

  • Daniel Lim

    Gmail is the best e-mail provider
    That’s why I love to use it

  • Aeromick

    I use Gmail and it’s my favorite email provider. I like almost everything about Gmail; like how fast it is, the mail forwarding feature, plus the bunches of other tools that come with it such as Google Drive. But I was not aware of the “Undo” feature. I got to try it out.

  • Tony H

    I use my gmail quite often. I quite like the attachment notice for I’m notorious for forgetting to attach things. The undo button is great invention too!

  • J Munro

    I’d be completely lost without undo send. I also use Canned Responses all the time. Gmail is incredible and anyone still using Outlook is using a dinosaur!

  • Manik

    Hi Ali, Thanks for the great stuff. I always use gmail and love for its so many features. Some features found here really new for me.

  • Treathyl Fox

    Yes I do use gmail and like I have also tried a few. Yes you are right. It’s one of the best eMail systems out there. I never have to use the “Undo” feature because I never make mistakes. I’m perfect just like Miley Cyrus. (Ha ha ha) 🙂

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