Outlook users can recall email messages they’ve sent within a certain timeframe. This guide will show you how to recall an email in Outlook in just a few simple steps.

Step 1: Open Outlook

The first step is opening Outlook on your computer. You can open Outlook from a desktop shortcut, program files, or by searching for it in the start menu.

Step 2: Locate the Sent Email

Once Outlook is open, you’ll need to find the email you sent in your Sent Items folder. Look for the email you wish to recall from the list of emails sent in your Sent Items folder.

Step 3: Select the Email

Once you’ve located the email you sent, select it by clicking on it with your mouse. The email will be highlighted when it’s selected.

Step 4: Open the Recall Menu

Now that the email is selected, you can access the Recall menu by right-clicking the email and selecting “Recall This Message”.

Step 5: Choose Your Option

A new window will open with two options for recalling your email:

  • Delete unread copies of this message – This will delete any unread copies of the email you sent.
  • Delete unread copies and replace with a new message – This will delete any unread copies of the email you sent and replace them with a new email of your choosing.

Choose the option that best suits your needs, and then select the “OK” button. Your email will be recalled after you’ve made your selection.

Step 6: Wait for the Recall to Take Effect

The recall process can take some time to complete, so you’ll need to be patient as Outlook works to recall the email you sent. A message letting you know when the recall is complete will be sent to your Inbox.


Recalling emails in Outlook is a simple process that can help you undo any mistakes you’ve made in sending emails. The steps outlined in this guide will walk you through the process of recalling an email in just a few simple steps.