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Desperate to cancel sent e-mail

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by waltcoogan, Nov 18, 2007.

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  1. waltcoogan

    waltcoogan Thread Starter

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    I've just blown it in a big way. I've sent the wrong e-mail to the wrong person.. could lead to big trouble. I've heard theres a way to delete the message before the recpitent opens it.. I've tried looking in the message menu but theres no option to delete there.. Help please. (desperate smiley)
     
  2. Frank4d

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    Did you mean to send an email to a co-worker saying your boss is an idiot... and accidentally send it to your boss? :eek:

    Many email programs have an option where you can open the message, then click "Recall message".
     
  3. Elvandil

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    I think you had better make plans on what you will do when the message arrives.
     
  4. SouthernMail

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    What e-mail program are you using?

    In Outlook it's relatively easy to delete a unread sent e-mail.
     
  5. waltcoogan

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    I'm on Outlook Express but can find no recall email option....
     
  6. waltcoogan

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    How so Southernmail.. ?
     
  7. Elvandil

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    The mail is gone. It has already arrived at the destination server and most probably the recipient's inbox.
     
  8. waltcoogan

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    So theres no chance to cancel before it's opened by recipitent..?
     
  9. SouthernMail

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    If you're on Outlook 2007, go to the Sent box, click and bring up the e-mail in question, then go to Other Actions and look for Recall This Message.

    If you're using an earlier version of Outlook, you've have to find this option (I just don't remember where it's at, but it is there).
     
  10. SouthernMail

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    I don't think that's true; I believe Outlook will recall an e-mail even if it's in someone's inbox.

    I wouldn't swear up and down on this, but I have seen some ripped right out of my inbox (I have a friend who always screws up the date for events and has to recall her e-mails every other time).
     
  11. waltcoogan

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    I have an older than 2007 outlook.. and so far can find no option to recall....
     
  12. SouthernMail

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    Go to the Help index and look for "recalling e-mail" or "recalling message".

    Outlook 2007 is significantly different than earlier versions and I just can't remember what you do to recall an e-mail in the earlier versions.
     
  13. waltcoogan

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    the help menu says to go to the message menu and select cancel sent mail but that option does not appear in the message menu.
     
  14. Frank4d

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    It looks like Outlook Express only lets you cancel messages posted to a newsgroup, but not sent email messages. See post #3.
     
  15. SouthernMail

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    Have you brought up the message from the Send box and then looked for the option to recall it?
     
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