Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email How to Undo Actions in Gmail Easily reverse moving, labeling, or even sending messages by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on September 11, 2020 reviewed by Jon Fisher Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jonathan Fisher is a CompTIA certified technologist with more than 6 years' experience writing for publications like TechNorms and Help Desk Geek. our review board Article reviewed on Jul 09, 2020 Jon Fisher Email Gmail Yahoo! Mail Tweet Share Email You can undo most actions in Gmail, including deleting a message, moving a message to a different folder, marking a message as read, adding a label to a conversation, and sending a message. Here are instructions for how to undo some common actions. The instructions in this article apply to the desktop version of Gmail. Undo Actions in Gmail Selecting the Undo link at the bottom of the screen takes back a variety of actions. You have about 10 seconds before it disappears. There are some variations on this method, so see below for specific instructions on each action. If you enabled shortcuts in Gmail, pressing Z on the keyboard will also undo the last action. This method only works for the same period that the Undo link is visible. Undo Deleting a Message Use the following steps to undo moving a message to the Trash folder (deleting a message). If you delete a message from the Trash folder or the Spam folder, you can't undo that action. The message is gone forever. After you delete an email, it's sent to the Trash folder, and a Gmail message appears: Conversation moved to Trash. The message is followed by a link: Undo. To retrieve the email you deleted, select Undo. The message is removed from the Trash and restored to the folder where you initially deleted it. Messages in the Trash and Spam folders are automatically deleted after 30 days. If there is something in one of those folders that you want to keep, move it to another folder before 30 days pass. Change Undo Timing Adjusting a setting enables you to customize the amount of time the Undo option appears. In the upper-right corner of the Gmail screen, select the Settings (gear) icon and choose See all settings. Go to the General tab. Next to Undo Send, use the drop-down menu to select the number of seconds you'd like to have to undo a sent email. You can choose 5, 10, 20, or 30. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Save Changes.