don’t be a gloria.

Modern Family is a favorite TV show of ours. It’s relatable and laugh out loud funny. If you don’t currently watch, do yourself a favor and go rent or download Season 1 and get hooked. Wednesdays on ABC.

Last night one of the characters, Gloria, was fretting over accidentally sending an e-mail. You’ve probably done it before, right? The “swoosh” sound as it sends followed by that drop in your stomach realizing it’s already landed in an inbox… typos galore and to the wrong recipient.

Well, fret no more. Did you know Gmail has a feature that allows you to un-send an e-mail within 30 seconds of sending it? Yup! It’s call The Undo Button. In the past, the lesser-known Gmail feature only gave you 5 seconds to un-send, but a few months ago, the service extended that limit to 30 seconds. (yes, this is similar to Outlook’s recall button but who knew Gmail had such a thing? I didn’t until very recently.)

To unlock this ability:
1. Click the little green icon on the top right of your inbox, which will take you to Google Labs.
2. Find “Enable Undo Send” (you’ll need to scroll down a bit).
3. After enabling it, you still have to go up to “settings” to change the duration.
4. Choose from 10-30 seconds.

Just for fun… another Gmail feature, “Mail Goggles,” can prevent drunk e-mailing during any window of time you assign (say, 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.). If you should try to send a note during this time, Gmail will ask you to complete a few simple math problems before you proceed with the emailing. (Go to Google Lab to set-up)


  • Reply January 20, 2011

    Erica Newton

    Wow! Super useful post Teri! Thanks for the info. Ps I was dying laughing about mail goggles.. Think of the drink techie guy who came up with that brilliant idea for the gmail party pants in all of us.

  • Reply January 20, 2011

    Teri and Danny B.

    you’re welcome! glad you like it. um, too bad they didn’t have like that 3 years ago, huh? ;) gotta love wine + ambian. or wait, no.. no we don’t like that.

  • Reply January 27, 2011

    Rachel + Mikis

    what a great tip, thanks for sharing! I am sure we all have moments where this could come in handy.

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