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How To Undo Sent E-mail and Texts

How To Undo Sent E-mail and Texts

If you’ve ever sent off an e-mail or text message in haste, only to realize you forgot to include something or even worse, sent it to the wrong person, you are familiar with the panic or embarrassment that ensues. It’s damage control time. Many times you will find that you may not be able to undo something you sent out of a mistake but there will be times when you can do something about your internet gaffe. Here are some ways you may be able to save yourself and your e-mail or text from ever being seen by the eyes of another.

1. Consider waiting before sending off e-mails or texts for the day.

If you are in a rush or not fully focused, it’s best not to start writing and sending off electronic notes. And don’t go crazy e-mailing or texting if you’ve had a night out partying or if you are severely exhausted. You won’t be in your best state of mind, regardless of how great you may think you feel. You may awake to some unwanted drama and stress. It’s best not to put yourself in that situation. Particularly if it involves your work or those in your professional circles. You may want to schedule e-mail reply time, for a certain time of day or week to avoid accidentally sending messages and then you won’t have to undo sent e-mail or texts. You may want to block out other distractions, concentrate on what you need and want to say in your e-mail or text. This is a good time to sit with a warm beverage and a clear head. E-mails and texts can be therapeutic and clarifying if you don’t go overboard and you don’t feel in a pressured state of mind. This old Yiddish tailors proverb always had a profound affect on me: ”Measure twice, cut once.” The same can be said of e-mail. What you do on the internet can, and will, often live forever.

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2. You can jailbreak your iPhone or other iDevice.

Jailbreaking gets mixed reviews, as you may lose your data and some are fearful their data will be exploited, if they were to use jailbreakme.com. But this is less likely, and most users report their data has remained safe and unharmed. Though, there are pros and cons, you’ll need to consider. Remember to back up your information. An external hard drive is always a safe bet. Jailbreaking is a curious game in your quest to undo sent e-mail or texts. You don’t want to end up at square one after all your sleuthing around and delete all your work. It’s important to note that jailbreaking is not illegal. According to the U.S. Library of Congress, the usage of third-party apps to jailbreak your iPhone or other Apple device is not grounds for any legal action against the user.

To jailbreak your phone, you can Download Evasi0n, as Lifehacker suggests. You’ll want to disable your passcode lock and also turn on Airplane mode, so that there are no interference as you attempt to undo sent e-mail or texts. During the downloading of Evasi0n, you can expect your phone to restart. SMS Delay and confirmSMS apps are both available in the Cydia store, after you’ve begun your jailbreak. Cydia is an app that gives you access to other apps that have not been approved by Apple. Another app that allows jailbreaking is Inbox, which allows you to send messages with undo capability. Android users may find Undo SMS to be helpful as they undo sent e-mail or texts.

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3. If you use Microsoft Outlook, use the “Recall” feature.

To Recall a message through Outlook, your e-mail provider requests their e-mail provider to please delete your message prior to their client opening the e-mail. To make use of Microsoft Outlook’s feature of “Recall”, log into your account, go the Navigation Pane and click the Sent Items tab. Open the message you want to recall or undo and then click Actions and click Recall This Message. Then you can Delete the unread version of your sent message. Keep in mind that the only way this will be successful is if the other party does not have their Outlook open at the same time, and so long as they have not yet opened your sent message. This is a limited option to undo sent e-mail, as an Outlook user can disable this feature and it will not allow Outlook to delete messages on their behalf, even if you were to request they do so.

For example, you can uncheck the “Send Immediately When Connected” option in the Advanced section on Outlook’s Options screen. This may give you a few minutes to “undo” the message by cancelling the outgoing send operation before the next timed send/receive operation, when the message will be sent out.

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4. If you use Gmail, use the “Undo Send” labs feature.

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    Gmail offers a bit more room should you make a mistake. Each time you send an e-mail with your Gmail account, a yellow box appears at the top of the page, stating, “Your message has been sent.” You may not have noticed that right next to those words are an Undo and View Message links. You can click immediately after sending.

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    In Gmail’s settings, under Labs, you can enable the “Undo Send” lab feature. This will allow you to delay your sent e-mail, and offers a chance to Undo right before it’s sent off. To enable this feature, click the gear symbol in the top right of your Gmail e-mail interface. Select the Settings tab, and then Labs. When you find the “Undo Send” tab, select Enable. To complete your action, click Save Changes. Gmail will allow you to select the time frame, of up to 30 seconds, you have to undo a sent e-mail. Please keep in mind that Gmail’s “Undo Send” feature is still in experimentation stage.

    5. If you sent text messages by iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows 7, you can try TigerText.

    If all else fails, you can still avoid your electronic mistake with the TigerText app, a free service available in the iTunes store, will offer you a chance to take back a message you have just sent, determine who receives a message you’ve sent, and disallows others from forwarding your text. It can confirm message delivery with real time notifications to let you know when a message has been received, or opened.

    6. Become friends with the IT Department.

    If you have sent an e-mail at work that you are regretting and want to rescind it, try connecting with the IT department at your office or company. They will be able to guide you even more effectively should a real-time crisis strike.

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    Published on September 20, 2018

    11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

    11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

    In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

    Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

    In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

    Minimizing Tabs

    Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

    Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

    Incognito Mode

    Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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    1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
    2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
    3. Download extension New Incognito Window

    This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

    Save Webpages as PDF Files

    Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

    Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

    Open Recently-closed Tabs

    Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

    One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

    The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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    Solve Mathematical Problems

    Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

    For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

    Play Media Files

    Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

    In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

    Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

    With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

    Stay Focus(e)d

    Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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    Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

    With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

    This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

    Grammarly for Editing

    Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

    You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

    Loom

    There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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    There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

    With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

    Chrome Calendar Extension

    No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

    Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

    Final Thoughts

    Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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