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How To Undo on a Mac Keyboard

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You’re not the only one who often makes errors while typing or doing anything else. We, humans, do that, and Apple isn’t unaware of this. You can always undo an action on the Mac using the keyboard. But how?

Quick Answer

To undo in Mac using a keyboard, you need to press and hold the Command + Z buttons. This will undo your most recent action. Alternatively, you can use the Mac menu to undo an action. For that, click the “Edit” option. In the drop-down menu that appears, click “Undo Typing”, and you’re done.

In this article, we’ll detail how to undo on Mac with all its complications. Also, we’ll expound on how to redo if you’re wondering how to retrieve what you have undone.

Method #1: Undo Using Mac Keyboard

It’s really simple to undo an action on Mac using the keyboard. You need to follow these instructions.

  1. Press and hold the Command button (the 4th button from the left or the 5th button from the right in the last row of the keyboard).
  2. Press the Z button while holding the Command button.

This will undo the most recent actions you have taken. If you want to undo previous actions, keep repeating Command + Z until they are undone. 

Bonus #1: Redo Using Mac Keyboard

If you are wondering what to do if you want to get back the text you have undone on the Mac, it’s really simple too. You can always redo an action to get it back. Here is how to do it.

  1. Press and hold the Command button.
  2. Press and hold the Shift button (the left-most or the right-most button on the second row of the keyboard) while holding the Command button.
  3. Press the Z button while holding the Command and Shift button.

This will redo the most recent action you have undone. If you want to redo previous actions you have undone, keep pressing the Z button while holding the Command and Shift button. This will redo the previous actions.

Method #2: Undo Using Mac Menu Bar

If you do not feel like using the keyboard, you might be looking for a way to undo using just the mouse. Well, here’s how to undo using the Mac menu bar.

  1. Click the “Edit” option on the Mac menu at the top of the Mac screen.
  2. Click the “Undo” option from the drop-down menu that pops up.

This will undo your most recent action. But if you want to undo previous actions, keep clicking the Undo option until you are done.

Bonus #2: Redo Using Mac Menu Bar

Can you redo an action just by using the Mac menu bar? Well, it turns out you can. Here is how to do it.

  1. Click the “Edit” button in the Mac menu bar at the top of the Mac screen.
  2. Click the “Redo” option below the “Undo” option.

This will redo the most recent action that you have undone. If you want to redo previous actions, keep clicking the Redo option until you get back what you wanted.

Conclusion

In short, if you want to undo an action (e.g., a word you typed wrong), press the Z button while holding the command button. Alternatively, you can click the Undo option in the drop-down that appears when you click the Edit button in the Mac menu.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is control undo on a mac?

Command + Z is the keyboard shortcut for performing the Undo action on the Mac. It is the counterpart of Control + Z on Windows. A relatively simple way of performing the Undo command is to click on the Edit option in the Mac menu bar. You can click on the Undo option in the drop-down menu.

Can I reverse Command + Z?

Yes. Command + Shift + Z is the Redo command that effectively reverses the Command + Z (the Undo command). Another way of undoing Command + Z is to click on the Edit option in the Mac menu bar. Click on the Redo located below the Undo option in the drop-down menu.

How do I redo a mac keyboard?

The keyboard command for the Mac is Command + Shift + Z. In other words, you need to press the Z button while holding the shift button (the left-most or right-most button in the second-last row) and the Command button (the 4th button from the left or the 5th button from the right). In some apps, you can repeat this several times to redo several commands you have undone. 

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