How to Recall a Sent Email in Outlook

By Charlie Higgins

If you've just sent an email and realized you've made a mistake, don't panic. Microsoft Outlook has a recall feature that allows you to retract the message and erase any evidence of your mistake. Use this feature to correct spelling errors, add forgotten attachments or recall emails that were sent into the wrong hands.

Step 1

Click "Sent Items" in the Navigation Pane on the left-hand side of the screen.

Step 2

Double-click the message that you want to recall.

Step 3

Select "Other Actions" from the Actions group on the Message tab. Click "Recall This Message". A new dialog box will open.

Step 4

Select "Delete unread copies of this message" to permanently delete the email from all recipients' inboxes. Click OK.

Tips & Warnings

  • The recall feature is only available between users on the same Microsoft Exchange Server. See References to learn more about Microsoft Exchange Server and how individual users' settings may affect the success of the recall.