99% of the time recalling an email sent using Outlook is impossible. But there are a few tricks to give you “extra” time to review before you send.
- Type random letters in the CC field before you begin your reply
If you click Send accidentally, the message will try to resolve the letters to a contact and fail, giving you a chance to cancel the send.
- Save the message to draft and close
- Set the Outlook Option Always check spelling before sending
- Create a rule to hold messages in your Outbox for several minutes before sending (Watch this video to learn more)
Starting the recall process doesn’t mean that it will work the way you intended. The recipient could know an email was recalled.
Other issues with using Recall:
- Recipient already received the email due to our lightning fast internet speeds
- You can’t recall emails sent to another email provider (e.g. Gmail)
- Email can’t be recalled if it has been opened (esp. true if the email was sent to a Public folder opened by anyone)
Recall might work but should not be trusted over your own personal judgement and careful review.
If you are curious about how to set up the Outlook Recall feature, watch this brief video.