Updated: 08/02/2020 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+Y or Control Y

Alternatively referred to as Control Y and C-y, Ctrl+Y is a shortcut key most often used to redo an undo. For example, if you made a mistake and use the Ctrl+Z shortcut to undo that mistake, but realize it was something you wanted to do, you can press Ctrl+Y.


If the Ctrl+Z key has not been used, the Ctrl+Y shortcut does not work.


On Apple computers, the shortcut to redo is the Command key+Y keys.

How to use the Ctrl+Y shortcut key

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


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

Ctrl+Y in an Internet browser

In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera), pressing Ctrl+Y will redo any undo.

Ctrl+Y in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+Y will redo any undo.

Ctrl+Y in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+Y shortcut key will redo any undo.

Ctrl+Y in Outlook

In Microsoft Outlook, pressing Ctrl+Y allows you to go to a folder.

Ctrl+Y in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processor programs, pressing Ctrl+Y will redo any undo.

Ctrl+Y in the edit command window

Deletes the current line in the edit command window.

Below are links to related keyboard key and keyboard shortcut pages.

Ctrl, Keyboard terms, Redo, Shortcut key, Y