How to Retrieve a Sent Message

There is no way to turn back time, but when it comes to email, there is a way to do a "do over." When using Microsoft Outlook, it is possible to retrieve a sent message before the sender has a chance to read it, but don't wait too long.

Outlook 2003

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Go to "Sent Items" folder.

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Find the message you want to retrieve and double-click on it.

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Select "Recall This Message" in the "Actions" menu.

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Select "Delete Unread Copies of This Message."

Outlook 2007

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Click on "Sent Items."

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Find the message you want to retrieve, and double-click on it.

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Go to the "Ribbon."

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Click "Other Actions" in the "Actions" section, and then select "Recall This Message."

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Select "Delete Unread Copies of This Message."