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Hit the “Send” button mid-sentence? Luckily, there’s a game-changing feature called Undo Send. Once it’s enabled, you’ll always have the option of undoing the damage. You can even adjust the number of seconds you have (up to 30) to realize and rectify your mistake.
To enable Undo Send, go to “Settings,” then “Labs,” then “Undo Send” and hit “Enable.”
While not as foolproof as Gmail, Outlook does allow you to recall messages that have previously been sent. You can either delete the message entirely (for those who haven’t already opened it) or replace it with an error-free email (typos, begone).
To enable Recall, go to “Navigation Pane,” then “Sent Items.” Open the message you want to recall or replace and on the “Actions” menu, click “Recall This Message.” Then “Delete Unread Copies of This Message.”
Though you can’t un-send a text once it's gone out, you can stop one that’s in the process of being sent (i.e., the little gray bar is still loading). Here’s how to do it: Once you notice your flub, immediately put your phone on Airplane Mode. When the text fails to deliver, delete the message. (Warning: This only works for texts sent through iMessage and for texts that are sending particularly slowly.)
To enable Airplane Mode, go to “Settings,” then “Airplane Mode,” then switch to “On.”
Sadly, there’s no simple way to do this, but there is a pretty clever app. TigerText (available for iPhone, Android phone, BlackBerry and WP7) is an app for those who are overly worried about texts gone awry. When using TigerText, you'll always have the ability to recall any message, and you can even set a time limit for how long the recipient has to view it (much like Snapchat).
Accidentally erased something you just typed? To undo, just shake the phone. To redo, shake it again. Simple, huh?
Behold the powers of Ctrl-Z (Command-Z on a Mac). This genius keyboard shortcut deletes the last sentence you typed in one fell swoop.
In a deep Google search and accidentally closed all of your tabs? No sweat. Hit Ctrl-Shift-T (Command-Shift-T on a Mac) and the pages will pop right up again. (This works for all browsers.)
Did you just post a picture of your “amorzing homemade pancocks”? Oops. Turns out, you can edit the caption on your Instagram photo without having to delete the whole post. Simply go to said photo and hit “Comments.” Hold down your comment, swipe left, then tap the trash bin--no one is the wiser. Note: If you choose to post again, your new caption will appear underneath any previous comments in the thread.
Big news: Facebook has now enabled an editing feature. So if you realize you accidentally tagged your brother-in-law instead of your BFF in that post from girls’ weekend, click the down arrow in the top right-hand corner, then hit “Edit.” Delete BIL’s name, save the changes and you’re golden.
It’s almost comical how many times this has happened to us. Our first tip: Make sure you didn’t accidentally save the file under “Downloads,” instead of “Documents” (again, guilty). If you’re still stuck, go to the “File” menu, click “Open,” then “Recent Documents.” Scroll to the end of all recent documents and then click “Recover Unsaved Documents.” If you find the Word doc you’re looking for, double-click to open it. Save immediately.
It goes something like this: You’re having a candid discussion about your boss over happy-hour drinks and someone comes up with a sidesplitting nickname for her. (OK, it’s “The Incredible Sulk.”) But instead of texting it to your sister, you send it to--dun, dun, dun--the Sulk herself.
Wanting to die is an understatement.
Instead of resigning on the spot (or avoiding eye contact for all eternity), what you need is a crash course in Tech Damage Control. That is, a lesson in how to solve all those horrifying rookie mistakes.
Whether you need to un-send an email or change an Instagram caption (damn you, autocorrect), head over to the slideshow with a notebook in hand. Your reputation is counting on it.
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