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How Not to Send an Embarrassing Email to the Wrong Person

You email a colleague before realizing she spells her name Sarah with an "h" and you spelled it without one. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s still ughhhh. If only there were a way to go back and fix your mistake…

Today must be your lucky day, because you totally can. Here’s what you do.

In Gmail: Click “Settings” in the upper-right-hand corner. From there, scroll to the “Undo Send” option and select “Enable Undo Send.” Next, choose a cancellation period between five and 30 seconds and save your changes. The next time you send an email, a small box will pop up at the top of the screen where you can select undo send and fix any errors. 

In Outlook: Click the “Tools” bar, and then “Rules and Alerts.” Choose “New Rule,” then “Check Messages After Sending.” Next, check the box that says "defer delivery by a number of minutes,” and choose how many minutes you want to delay by. Make sure to save the changes and you’re all set.

Because seriously, the last thing you want to do is attach an Ina Garten recipe instead of an Excel spreadsheet in a message to your entire company.

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