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How to undo send (unsend) a sent email in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2024-07-03

For example, you are composing a new email, and then click the Send button by mistake in Outlook. Thus you want to undo the sending action, any ideas? Actually, you can easily undo a sending action by the Recall This Message feature in Outlook.

Undo send a sent email by the Recall This Message feature

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Undo send a sent email by the Recall This Message feature

To cancel the action of sending email, please apply the Recall This Message feature in Outlook.

1. Select the Sent Items folder on the Navigation Pane, and double click to open the email you sent by mistake.

2. In the opening Message window, please click Message > Actions > Recall This Message. See screenshot:

3. In the Recall This Message dialog, please check the Delete unread copies of this message option, optionally check the Tell me if recall succeeds or fails for each recipient option, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

4. Close the message.

Note: If you have checked the Tell me if recall succeeds or fails for each recipient option, and the recipients have not read this email in their Outlook, this email will be recalled, and you will receive recall notifications as below screenshot shown:

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If you need to recall multiple emails at once, the native Outlook feature requires you to recall them individually, which can be time-consuming and may result in missed opportunities. In contrast, the Recall Email feature in Kutools for Outlook allows you to send recall commands for multiple selected emails simultaneously, saving you time and increasing the likelihood of success.

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Select the emails that you want to recall, and click Kutools tab, then go to Respond drop-down menu and select Recall Email.

After sending recalling commands, you can check the recall status by navigating to Recall Email History.

The Recall feature in Kutools for Outlook provides a reliable and efficient way to manage email mistakes. By following the simple steps outlined above, you can quickly and easily recall sent emails, reducing the potential for miscommunication and errors. With Kutools for Outlook, managing your email communications has never been easier. Try it today and take control of your inbox with confidence!


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Hi there,

I tested this option on myself with my personal and work email. I am confused because the action ends up notifying the receiver that I recalled the message? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of being discreet at recalling from the sender?

Thanks
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Hi there, this is because Outlook's recall feature works by sending a request to the recipient's inbox to delete the original email. If the recipient's settings allow it, the original message is deleted automatically. However, the notification is a part of how the recall feature operates in Outlook, and it informs the recipient of your attempt to retract the email. This process is not discreet and the recipient will be aware that a recall was attempted.
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My recall was unsuccessful but this option is definitely there and your guide helped me find it.

Thank you!
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How long does it take to get a recall notification if this worked?
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Hi, it'll only take a few seconds to get a notification no matter the recall worked or not.

Amanda
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Thank you. So I did not receive any report. That means my recall did not work, right?
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Hi there, did you check the option: Tell me if recall succeeds or fails for each recipient
https://www.extendoffice.com/images/stories/comments/ljy-picture/recall-option.png

Amanda
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This menu is ancient and does not match the 2022 interface. I have set the recall to 10 seconds but cannot find any option to actually recall the message:(
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Il faut double cliquer sur le message pour l'ouvrir dans une fenêtre séparée.
Ensuite, seulement vous verrez l'option
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