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One of the most useful Labs features is called “Undo Send.” Ever hit the send button on a message and then immediately regretted it? Undo Send stops the message from being sent for a few seconds, which enables you to change your mind.

One of the things that I love about Gmail is Gmail Labs, the experimental (and often useful) add-on features that you can enable through Settings -> Labs or via the little green flask icon next to your email address at the top-right of the screen. One of the most useful Labs features is called “Undo Send.” Ever hit the send button on a message and then immediately regretted it? Undo Send stops the message from being sent for a few seconds, which enables you to change your mind if you hit “Send” too soon.

Originally, the delay on “Undo Send” was set to five seconds — just enough for you to catch those emails where you immediately regret clicking the send button. But Google’s now tweaked the feature, so you can specify a longer delay (5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds) via “Send cancellation period” on your Settings page:

Obviously, setting a longer cancellation period will give you more time to realize that you didn’t actually want to send an email, but will also add a longer delay before your emails are sent.

What’s your favorite Labs feature?

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  1. [...] Google Tweaks Gmail’s “Undo Send” Labs Feature, http://webworkerdaily.com/2010/08/23/google-tweaks-gmails-undo-send-labs-feature/ Accessed August 23, 2010. – research [...]

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  2. [...] Google Tweaks Gmail’s “Undo Send” Labs Feature, http://webworkerdaily.com/2010/08/23/google-tweaks-gmails-undo-send-labs-feature/ Accessed August 23, 2010. – research [...]

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  3. Thank you for the report! I set it to 20 secs. I’ve had it on ever since it appeared in the labs, and just two days ago I first used it. After firing off an email to my lawyer. I almost crushed my mouse hurriedly pressing the button on that Undo link horrified that I might just missed the 5 seconds limit. When the moment to use this feature comes, 20 secs appear healthier for the coronary system.

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