What Does Ctrl+Z Do?

Alternatively referred to as Control Z and C-z, Ctrl+Z is a shortcut key most often used to undo.


  • Tip
    Most programs that support Ctrl+Z also support the ability to undo multiple changes.

    For example, you can press and hold Ctrl and while still holding the key, press "Z" three times to undo the last three changes.

  • Tip
    The opposite shortcut key of Ctrl+Z is Ctrl+Y (redo).

  • Tip
    On Apple computers, the shortcut to undo is the Command key+Z keys.

    How to use the Ctrl+Z shortcut key

    To use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Z, press and hold either Ctrl key on the keyboard and while continuing to hold, press the "Z" key with either hand.

    Note

    On Apple computer keyboards, the Ctrl key is labeled as "control."

    Ctrl+Z in an Internet browser

    In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera), pressing Ctrl+Z will undo any change made in a browser form.

    Ctrl+Z in Excel and other spreadsheet programs
    In Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+Z will undo any change made in the spreadsheet.

    Ctrl+Z in Microsoft PowerPoint

    In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+Z shortcut key will undo any change made in the spreadsheet.

    Ctrl+Z in Word and other word processors
    In Microsoft Word and other word processor programs, pressing Ctrl+Z will undo any change made in the document.

    Using Ctrl+Z with the copy con command

    When using the MS-DOS copy con command, Ctrl+Z is the keyboard shortcut that completes the creation of the file and saves the file to the computer.

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