Using Undo and Redo

Learn how to use the undo feature in Office 2003 and the redo feature in Office 2003 in this free lesson.

Introduction

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Operate the Undo feature
  • Operate the Redo feature

Undo

The Undo feature lets you delete the last change made to your file. As you can imagine, this is a handy feature. If you suddenly make a change or mistake you do not want to keep, you can simply undo your action.

Word 2003 remembers up to 300 actions in a document and allows you to undo any or all of them as long as you haven't closed the document first.

Undo all of your recent actions by peforming either of these actions:

  • Repeatedly clicking the Undo button Undo button located on the Standard toolbar
  • Choosing EditUndo from the menu bar (Ctrl+Z).

Undo multiple steps

Notice the small list arrow next to the Undo button. Undo button

When you click on it, a list of all the separate actions you have performed appears. If you don't see the action, scroll through the list. You can click and drag to select as many actions as you want to undo.

List of Undo actions

IMPORTANT:

You cannot choose to undo one action in the middle of the list. To undo something you did several steps back, you will have to undo everything you did after that action.

If you only want to undo one action in the middle of your document, select it and delete it or type the corrected text over it.

Redo

The redo feature allows you to reverse the last undo.

To reverse the last undo:

  • Click the Redo button Redo button located on the Standard toolbar.

OR

  • Choose EditRedo from the menu bar (Ctrl+Y).

Notice the small list arrow next to the Redo button. When you click on it, a list of the actions you have undone appears. Remember, you cannot choose to redo one action in the middle of the list. To redo something you did several steps back, you will have to redo everything you did after that action.

List of Redo actions

Challenge!

  • Open Word 2003.
  • Create a new document.
  • Type I am an online learner.
  • Type I enjoy learning new things.
  • Type I am gaining new skills.
  • Notice the Undo button on the Standard toolbar. Click the Undo list arrow and display the list.
  • Select the first two sentences you typed.
  • Left click to undo both sentences.
  • Close the document, and exit Word 2003.