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HelenCole
 
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Post Posted October 25th, 2005, 3:34 am

Hi,

Ive sent an email that I would like to withdraw before the recipient reads it. i know Outlook has this option but I cant find one in Thunderbird. Does it exist and does anyone know how it works?

Much appreciated,
Helen

ramasaig
 
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Post Posted October 25th, 2005, 3:39 am

If you've sent it from your computer to your ISP there's absolutely no way you can stop it (it has probably already gone to the addressee's inbox at their ISP). If you were not on line when you 'sent' it, it may still be in your Unsent Messages folder.
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Post Posted October 25th, 2005, 5:27 am

See http://kb.mozillazine.org/Recall_a_message for a longer explanation of why you can't do that for your configuration.

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Post Posted October 25th, 2005, 5:34 am

HelenCole wrote:Hi,

Ive sent an email that I would like to withdraw before the recipient reads it. i know Outlook has this option but I cant find one in Thunderbird. Does it exist and does anyone know how it works?

Much appreciated,
Helen


The reason you can do that on Outlook is because it is probably on a network or LAN, where messages can be withdrawn or cancelled. Even then, the person can refuse the withdrawal and read it anyway. On the Internet, as the other posters said, the message has already gone to the other person's email server and there is nothing you can do.
Gord McFee

HelenCole
 
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Post Posted October 27th, 2005, 3:25 am

Many Thanks,
Helen

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Post Posted October 27th, 2005, 4:51 am

My pleasure.
Gord McFee

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