It's late, you're tired and you accidentally just emailed an angry rant about your boss to her, instead of to the co-worker it was intended for.
It's probably too late to do anything about that email. But by making a few simple tweaks to Gmail or Outlook you can greatly reduce the chances of future email slip-ups ruining your life.
Gmail doesn't have a traditional "recall" function like Outlook. Instead, it has a function you can enable that allows you to "unsend" a message within a certain amount of time.
Things are a bit different in Outlook, where you'll need to recall a message instead of relying on a delay to cancel it entirely. There's no guarantee the message hasn't been opened, and sometimes it only works within your organization (depending on settings).
Still, it's worth a shot if you sent something pretty gnarly. Here's what to do:
That's all there is to it. It only takes a few seconds of your time, and you can save yourself from some real embarrassment.