Get back that embarassing email!


Have you ever typed an email, and hit the Send button too quickly? I know I have. Right after you hit Send, you see a blatant typo that you would have preferred to fix before sending the email. Or you realize that you just sent the email to the wrong recipient. Or (and this is the worst) you send an email that has some rather harsh language, and you wish you had thought it out more before sending it on its way.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to just reach out and grab that email back? Well, it just may be possible!

Now, in order for this to work, you and your recipient have to be using Outlook 97 or later (such as Outlook 2000, Outlook XP or Outlook 2007). This won’t work with Outlook Express, Thunderbird, or any of the web-based emails such as Yahoo or Hotmail. I use Outlook 2007.

After you have sent the offending email, as soon as possible open Outlook and open the “Sent” folder. Find the email and double click to open it. Click on Actions, then click on “Recall this message”. You can either just delete the message, or replace it with a different one. Don’t rely on this to save you though – even though you might use Outlook, the majority of people still use Outlook Express or a web-based email account. The best policy is to be deliberate about writing and sending your emails, so you don’t have to worry about being able to recall one.

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