Ctrl+Y

Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+Y or Control Y

Alternatively referred to as Control+Y and C-y, Ctrl+Y is a keyboard shortcut most often used to redo an action reversed using the undo command. For example, if you used the Ctrl+Z shortcut to undo what you thought was a mistake, but realize it wasn't, you could press Ctrl+Y to redo the previous action.

Note

If the Ctrl+Z shortcut has not been pressed, Ctrl+Y doesn't work as there is nothing to redo.

Tip

On Apple computers, the shortcut for redo is Command+Y.

How to use the Ctrl+Y keyboard shortcut

To use this keyboard shortcut, press and hold either Ctrl key, and while continuing to hold, press Y.

Ctrl+Y in an Internet browser

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

Ctrl+Y in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+Y will redo any previously-undone action.

Ctrl+Y in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+Y keyboard shortcut will redo any previously-undone action.

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 previously-undone action.

Ctrl+Y in the edit command window

In the edit command window, Ctrl+Y deletes the current line.

Below are links to related keyboard shortcuts and individual key pages.

Ctrl, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms, Redo, Y