How to Recall a Mistakenly-Sent Email in Outlook

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This one is typically a longshot, but if you catch it early enough and run into a fair bit of luck, you can often stop email errors before the other party sees them. Essentially, it all boils down to luck and timing. The faster you are at spotting the mistake, and requesting to recall (aka unsend) the email, the better it works.

Unsend Email in Outlook

Unfortunately, the recall function usually only works if it’s going to another Outlook user. Here's how to recall a mistakenly-sent email.

1. Navigate to the Sent folder to bring up your recently sent items.

sent folder2. Double-click the message you intend to recall.

double click message

3. Click "Actions" and select "Recall this message" from the drop-down.

Select Recall This Message from the Actions menu4. Decide whether to delete the message outright, or replace it with a corrected version.

Choose to delete or replace5. Check the box to receive confirmation if it worked, and press OK. 

Click OK

Hopefully, your message is recalled before anyone reads it.