How to Undo Actions on Windows PC

In the process of using a computer, it is completely normal to mishandle it. Who hasn’t done something wrong! Fortunately, on a Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC, you can completely undo an action to a previous state one step using the built-in “Undo” feature. Conversely, you can also do the same action again with the Redo feature. These features are compatible with most Windows apps and tools. Find out more below.

Undo and Redo on Windows with the keyboard

As mentioned, almost every Windows application supports the one-step Undo feature, and it’s very simple to do. To undo an action you just performed in Windows, simultaneously press the key combination Ctrl + Z on the keyboard.

Some specific applications (such as Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office) support multi-step undo, allowing you to go back to another step each time you execute an Undo command. In this case, just keep pressing and releasing Ctrl + Z repeatedly to return to the previous corresponding steps.

Conversely, the Redo feature allows you to repeat the last action you performed before Undo. Redo can be understood as an undo command for Undo. in many applications — such as Microsoft Office — you can tap Ctrl + Y or F4 on the keyboard to redo the action you just undone.

Ctrl + Y . key combination

However, unlike macOS, the Redo feature is not widely adopted in the Windows environment. That is, not all applications will support Redo. You will have to experiment manually to see which apps support this feature.

Undo and Redo on Windows using the options menu or toolbar

In many applications with the classic “File/Edit” menu bar at the top of the interface window, you can perform an Undo command by clicking “File/Edit” and choosing “Undo” from the menu that appears.

Click “File/Edit” and select “Undo”

Similarly, some apps put a “Redo” option right below “Undo” in the “Edit” menu. But this classic File/Edit menu bar is getting harder and harder to find in Windows. Instead, some applications such as Microsoft Word (and other Office applications) include special Undo and Redo buttons on the toolbar.

For example, to perform an undo in an Office app, simply click the curved, left-facing arrow in the Quick Access Toolbar located at the top of the application window.

  “Redo” button

Similarly, to execute a Redo command, just click the curved, right-pointing arrow button in the Quick Access Toolbar. What you have undone will be restored immediately.

Redo button

Of course, each application will have a different way of designing and arranging the interface layout. But in general, if you see a curved arrow pointing to the left, it’s most likely the Undo button, and vice versa, Redo.

You can also try right-clicking on the text input area and looking for the “Undo” option. Or try pressing Ctrl + Z on your keyboard. Good luck!


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