How to Unsend an Email in Outlook: A Step-by-Step Guide

April 04, 2023

General Interest

Have you ever hit "send" on an email, only to immediately realize you made a mistake or forgot to include something important? We've all been there. Fortunately, if you use Microsoft Outlook, you have the option to "unsend" an email.

We'll show you how to unsend an email in Outlook.

  1. Open your "Sent Items" folder. First, open your "Sent Items" folder in Outlook. This is where you'll find the email you want to unsend.
  2. Double-click on the email. Next, double-click on the email you want to unsend. This will open it up in a new window.
  3. Click on the "Actions" tab. In the new window, click on the "Actions" tab at the top.
  4. Click on "Recall This Message". Under the "Actions" tab, you'll see an option called "Recall This Message." Click on it.
  5. Choose whether to delete the email or replace it. You'll now see two options: "Delete unread copies of this message" or "Delete unread copies and replace with a new message." Choose the option that best suits your needs. If you choose the first option, the email will be deleted and the recipient won't be able to read it. If you choose the second option, the email will be replaced with a new one that you can edit and resend.
  6. Click "OK". Once you've made your selection, click "OK." If you chose the second option, you'll now be taken to a new window where you can edit the email before sending it again.

That's it! You've successfully unsent an email in Outlook.

It's worth noting that this feature only works if the recipient hasn't already opened the email. If they've already read it, there's no way to unsend it.

In conclusion, Outlook's "Recall This Message" feature is a useful tool that can save you from embarrassment or potentially damaging mistakes. Just remember to act quickly if you want to unsend an email, and make sure the recipient hasn't already opened it.