Undo (and redo) on Mac

If you make a mistake on your Mac, you can easily go back a step with Undo. And if you change your mind, you can repeat the last command just as easily in most apps. How to use it.

Undo: simply fix mistakes

If you’ve ever made a mistake in Pages, drew the wrong line in Photoshop, or even moved a file to the wrong place in the Finder, you can fix all of these errors – and more – with one universal command called Undo that is built into most Mac apps. When you do an undo, you are undoing the last action and reverting to what it was before the change.

Similarly, Redo lets you redo the last action you took before you undone, so you can change your mind and redo your last change. Redo is almost an undo for undo, if that makes sense.

In the Mac line, Undo developed the software for the Xerox Alto computer that was developed in the 1970s – specifically in a word processing program called Bravo . Apple borrowed many interface elements from Alto-Software when designing the Apple Lisa (1983), and many of those traditions carried over to the Macintosh a year later. Today, Undo and Redo are basically a universal part of computer interfaces on every major computer platform.

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Undo and redo with the “Edit” menu

One of the easiest ways to perform an undo is to use an option in the menu bar at the top of your Mac’s screen. If you need to undo, choose Edit from the menu bar, then choose Undo from the menu that appears.

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Undo is almost always the very first option, and sometimes the Undo command changes to include the action you’re undoing, such as: B. “Undo move” or “Undo entry”.

Similarly, you can also restore from the Edit menu. Click on “Edit” in the menu bar and select “Restore” from the list. This is usually the second option on the menu.

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If you don’t see Undo or Redo in the menu bar – or any menu bar at all – you can usually still do Undo or Redo with two keyboard shortcuts, which we’ll cover below.

Here’s how to undo and redo using your keyboard

To use a keyboard shortcut to undo the action you just took, press Command + Z on your Mac keyboard. This corresponds to selecting Edit> Undo in the menu bar. (It’s also similar to pressing Ctrl + Z on a Windows PC.)

To undo on a Mac, press Command + Z on your keyboard.

After an undo, you can also usually redo your last action by pressing Shift + Command + Z on your keyboard. This corresponds to selecting Edit> Restore in the menu bar.

To repeat on a Mac, press Shift + Command + Z on your keyboard.

Very easy. Use Undo and Redo as often as you want. Some apps have multiple undo levels where you can go back dozens of steps while others only have one. Much luck!

Undo an accidental move or delete with a keyboard shortcut in Windows Explorer

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