How to Undo on Macbook: Simple Guide

The Undo feature on a Macbook allows users to revert the last action you perform – if you’re anything like me, you may need to use it a lot.

Whether you’re working in a text document, image editor, or even organizing files in Finder, this feature can be a lifesaver.

How to Perform The Undo Command

To perform an Undo action on a Macbook, the most common and straightforward method is using the keyboard shortcut Command (⌘) + Z.

This key combination is almost universally applicable across various applications on macOS, including Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and most third-party apps. It’s a quick and efficient way to reverse a recent change.

I should note though, not all actions are reversible. For instance, certain permanent actions like emptying the trash cannot be undone.

Additionally, the ability to undo multiple actions in a row varies by application.

Some apps allow you to undo several steps back, while others may limit you to just the last action.

Redo on Mac with the Shift Button

Just as you can undo actions, you can also redo them using the Command (⌘) + Shift + Z shortcut.

This is useful if you accidentally undo something you didn’t mean to or if you change your mind after using Undo.

Like the Undo function, how Redo works can vary depending on the application you’re using – you may not be able to use it when running certain apps.

For instance, graphic design or video editing software often has a more advanced history panel that allows you to jump back to a specific point in your editing process, rather than sequentially undoing actions.

Remember, the Undo and Redo commands are essential in becoming more productive on a Macbook.

Mastering them can significantly enhance your efficiency and workflow, regardless of the task at hand.



Full-time writer, Apple fanboy and macOS supremacist. Currently running: 16" Macbook Pro w/ 64GB RAM & M1 Max. Already wants to upgrade to the M3 😫😭

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