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Is there an equivalent of Undo Sent Gmail feature in Microsoft Outlook? I believe that once that feature is enabled in Gmail the sending of email is postponed by 5 to 30 seconds (depending on settings) so you have a chance to click on undo link.

Is there a similar feature available for Microsoft Outlook?

I am aware of Recall Email functionality but that is a completely different approach requiring that the recipient of the mail must be using an Exchange server e-mail.

  • What version of Outlook are you running? Are you using an Exchange server? – N_Lindz Jan 19 '11 at 16:51
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    Sounds like someone shouldn't be making fun of their boss in emails!!! :) – Jeff F. Jan 19 '11 at 16:56
  • @N_Lindz it is 2007, and I am using the exchange server. – kristof Jan 19 '11 at 17:06
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    @Jeff that is just a prevention measure ;) – kristof Jan 19 '11 at 17:07
  • I have the same question. You can make a rule to delay the sending of an email but you CANT undo the sending of the email. It is still going to be sent....just delayed by a minute. This is not the equivalent "undo send" in Gmail. Am I correct on this? update: I just saw this howtogeek.com/howto/microsoft-office/… – chris Feb 14 '11 at 20:40
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You can delay delivery of your emails by setting up a rule in Outlook just like in Gmail. In this way, you'll have a chance to stop the delivery. Read the following How-To Geek article:

Use Outlook Rules to Prevent "Oh No!" After Sending Emails

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  • thank you, that is exactly what I was looking for, I tested on Outlook 2007 and works as expected – kristof Jan 19 '11 at 17:03
  • Is there a similar way to do this in Office 2011? I don't see the same options. – bergie3000 Aug 6 '13 at 19:48
  • There should be. Can't you see the rules menu? – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Aug 14 '13 at 12:29
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    Not available for mac. – Bhavin Doshi Jan 12 '16 at 3:41
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As Mehper C. Palavuzlar pointed out, you can delay email delivery in Outlook by creating a rule. The method of doing this will be slightly different depending on your version of Outlook.


Outlook 2016/2013/2010

  1. Go to to File -> Manage Rules & Alerts.

Rules & Alerts button

  1. Click New Rule.

New Rule button

  1. Under Start from a Blank Rule, select Apply rule on messages I send, then click Next.

Apply rule on message I send

  1. Do not select any special conditions, (i.e. leave the checkboxes blank), and click Next.

No conditions selected

  1. If no options were selected, confirm that Yes, the rule should be applied to all sent messages.

Apply rule to all sent messages

  1. In the list of actions, select defer delivery by a number of minutes.

Defer delivery checkbox

  1. In the Step 2: Edit the rule description box, click the underlined phrase a number of to set the delay length, select OK, then click Next.

Deferred delivery amount in minutes

  1. Follow the prompts to add any exceptions, then click Next.

  2. Type a name under Specify a name for this rule, select the Turn on this rule checkbox, then click Finish.

Finish creating rule


Outlook 2007/2003

  1. On the Tools menu, click Rules and Alerts.

Word 2007 - Tools -> Rules and Alerts

  1. Click New Rule.

New Rule button

  1. Under Start from a Blank Rule, select Check messages after sending, then click Next.

Check messages after sending

  1. Do not select any special conditions, (i.e. leave the checkboxes blank), and click Next.

No conditions selected

  1. If no options were selected, confirm that Yes, the rule should be applied to all sent messages.

Apply rule to all sent messages

  1. In the list of actions, select defer delivery by a number of minutes.

Defer delivery checkbox

  1. In the Step 2: Edit the rule description box, click the underlined phrase a number of to set the delay length, select OK, then click Next.

Deferred delivery amount in minutes

  1. Follow the prompts to add any exceptions, then click Next.

  2. Type a name under Specify a name for this rule, select the Turn on this rule checkbox, then click Finish.

Finish creating rule

Sources

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There is really no way to undo the sending of an email in Outlook.

If you think of it soon enough, unplug your ethernet cable or stop the Send & Receive command from completing...

  • or hit that reset button .. – Sathyajith Bhat Jan 19 '11 at 16:40
  • Don't PC's come with the reboot/reset button nowadays ? Yeah, I meant the abrupt shutdown route.. not really a great solution, hence the comment :) @studiohack – Sathyajith Bhat Jan 19 '11 at 16:48
  • yeah, you had me confused for a moment, @Sathya, because I was thinking that you meant a reset button for Outlook, so I was like where?! :P – studiohack Jan 19 '11 at 16:50
  • hehe, sorry 'about that @studiohack – Sathyajith Bhat Jan 19 '11 at 16:55

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