How to Undo on Keyboard Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to undo on a Mac using the keyboard. Undoing actions can be extremely useful when you make a mistake or accidentally delete something important.

Fortunately, Mac provides several keyboard shortcuts to undo your last action or a series of actions. Let’s explore them below:

Undoing the Last Action

If you want to undo the most recent action you performed on your Mac, simply press the Command key along with the Z key. This shortcut works in most applications, including text editors, web browsers, and image editing software.

Undoing Multiple Actions

If you need to undo several actions in one go, you can press the Command key along with the Z key multiple times. Each time you press this combination, it will undo one action at a time in reverse chronological order.

Redoing Actions

If you accidentally undo an action and want to redo it, you can press the Command key along with the Shift key and the Z key. This combination will redo your last undone action. You can also use this shortcut multiple times to redo multiple actions.

The Undo Menu Option

In addition to keyboard shortcuts, most applications also provide an Undo option in their menu bar. To access it:

  1. Navigate to the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  2. Select the Edit menu.
  3. In the Edit menu, look for the Undo option.
  4. Click on the Undo option to undo your last action.

Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts

If you find the default keyboard shortcuts for undoing and redoing actions inconvenient, you can customize them according to your preferences. To do this:

  1. Navigate to the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select System Preferences from the menu.
  3. In System Preferences, choose Keyboard.
  4. In the Keyboard tab, click on Shortcuts.
  5. Select App Shortcuts from the sidebar.
  6. In App Shortcuts, click on the “+” button to add a new shortcut.
  7. In the pop-up window, choose the application for which you want to customize shortcuts.
  8. Type in the exact name of the menu command you want to customize (e.g., Undo).
  9. Create a custom keyboard shortcut by pressing your desired keys combination.
    • Note: Make sure your custom shortcut does not conflict with existing shortcuts.
  10. Click on Add to save your new shortcut configuration.

Congratulations! You now know how to undo actions using keyboard shortcuts on your Mac.

Whether it’s a simple text deletion or a complex image manipulation, undoing can save you time and effort. Remember to practice these shortcuts regularly so that they become second nature to you!

I hope this tutorial was helpful. Happy undoing!

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