How to undo on mac

A friend of mine has set his device to play an ominous tune each time an email is sent – and it’s not hard to understand why. If we had a penny for every horror story of a user who’s accidentally attached a ridiculous photo of himself to an important work email…we’d need a piggy bank.But does the Mac offer a way to change this? This article will go through ways of doing the impossible: retrieving sent emails.

Using the Mail app

Unfortunately, there is as yet no handy delay system for Apple’s Mail app, so the workaround we suggest is purely psychological. If you are prone to firing off emails you later regret sending, you could remove the ‘send’ button from the menu bar altogether by customising the toolbar from the View menu. When you’ve written an email, then, you will be prompted to save it as a draft before closing. Once it’s in your Drafts folder, you can give a moment’s thought to whether it’s ready to send, before selecting Message – Send from the menu bar. While the chief merit of this trick is that it avoids users impulsively clicking ‘send’, it isn’t quite as swish as Google’s method.

Back to basics

Lastly, one very simple method – though good as a last resort – to stop that awkward email disappearing into the clutches of the internet is to yank out your ethernet cable. What, people still use ethernet?! Alright, then; the Wifi alternative (you’d have to be quick) is to select ‘Turn Wifi off’ from the menu bar icon. The unsent email can then be edited or deleted from Mail’s outbox.

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These fixes should save you from email woes for the time being; here’s to hoping, though, that Apple introduce an ‘undo send’ feature in the near future.

If you regret sending a message, you can use Undo Send by enabling delay sending of all emails by up to 60 seconds. This setting gives you the option to take back a message you just sent.

How to enable Undo Send

  1. Login to your Mailbutler Dashboard (
  2. In the top right corner, click the drop-down menu next to your email and go to Preferences.Screenshot of Mailbutler dashboard with preferences circled
  3. In General, check enable undo send and set the amount of time you want your message to be delayed for.Screenshot of Undo Send settings on Mailbutler Dashboard
  4. Save preferences at the bottom of the page.

How to undo a sent email

  1. Open your Apple mail or Gmail inbox.
  2. Compose your email and click send when you are done.
  3. Immediately after sending, a button will pop-up at the top right of your screen, giving you the option to undo the sending.screenshot of undo send button in Apple mail

Click undo send to re-edit the email before resending.

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Updated on November 5, 2018

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