Ctrl+Z

Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+Z

Alternatively referred to as Control Z and C-z, Ctrl+Z is a shortcut key most often used to undo.

Tip

Most programs that support Ctrl+Z also support the ability to undo multiple changes. For example, you can press and hold Ctrl and while still holding the key, press "Z" three times to undo the last three changes.

Tip

The opposite shortcut key of Ctrl+Z is Ctrl+Y (redo).

Tip

On Apple computers, the shortcut to undo is the Command key+Z keys.

How to use the Ctrl+Z shortcut key

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

Note

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

Ctrl+Z in an Internet browser

In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera), pressing Ctrl+Z will undo any change made in a browser form.

Ctrl+Z in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+Z will undo any change made in the spreadsheet.

Ctrl+Z in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+Z shortcut key will undo any change made in the spreadsheet.

Ctrl+Z in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processor programs, pressing Ctrl+Z will undo any change made in the document.

Using Ctrl+Z with the copy con command

When using the MS-DOS copy con command, Ctrl+Z is the keyboard shortcut that completes the creation of the file and saves the file to the computer.

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

Ctrl, Keyboard terms, Shortcut key, Undo, Z