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Using Undo and Redo in Word- Tutorial

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Using Undo and Redo in Word- Tutorial: A picture of a user undoing previous actions in Word 2016.

Using Undo and Redo in Word: Overview

            This tutorial covers using Undo and Redo in Word. The “Undo” button, located in the Quick Access toolbar by default, is one of the most useful functions ever created. It allows you to reverse the last command, or last few commands, that you performed.

            The drop-down arrow next to the “Undo” button contains a list of your last few previous actions. You may reverse anything that is on this list by simply clicking it. Note, however, that you must reverse actions in the order that they were executed. This means that if you wanted to undo an action that you did five actions ago, you must also undo the four actions that followed it.

Using Undo and Redo in Word- Tutorial: A picture of a user undoing previous actions in Word 2016.

Using Undo and Redo in Word- Tutorial: A picture of a user undoing previous actions in Word 2016.

            If you hold your mouse pointer over the “Undo” button, a screen tip will appear to tell you which action you would be undoing. Also note that some actions cannot be undone. For example, closing the document without saving your changes is an irreversible mistake. You can also use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl” + “Z” to undo the last action performed.

            Next to the “Undo” button is the “Redo” button. The “Redo” command is the inverse of the “Undo” command. It will redo an action you have undone. This is valuable if you accidentally click the “Undo” button too many times. You can also use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl” + “Y” to redo the last action undone.

Using Undo and Redo in Word- Tutorial: A picture of the “Undo” and the “Redo” button in the Quick Access toolbar in Word 2016.

Using Undo and Redo in Word- Tutorial: A picture of the “Undo” and the “Redo” button in the Quick Access toolbar in Word 2016.

Using Undo and Redo in Word: Instructions

  1. To undo your last action, click the “Undo” button in the Quick Access toolbar.
  2. To undo the last few commands, click the drop-down arrow next to the “Undo” button in the Quick Access toolbar.
  3. Select the command that you wish to undo.
  4. To redo your last undone action, click the “Redo” button in the Quick Access toolbar.

Using Undo and Redo in Word: Video Lesson

            You can watch the following video lesson, titled “Undoing and Redoing Actions,” to learn how to use Undo and Redo in Word. This video is from our complete Microsoft Word training, titled “Mastering Word Made Easy v.2016-2013.”

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