Backspace/Delete and Undo/Repeat

Learn how to use the backspace and delete Word functions, as well as the undo and repeat Word functions, in this free lesson.

Introduction

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

  • Use Backspace and Eelete
  • Use Undo and Repeat

Using Backspace and Delete

Use the Backspace and Delete keys to erase text in your document.

  • The Backspace key erases text to the left of the insertion point one character at a time.
  • The Delete key (located under the Insert key) erases text to the right of the insertion point.

Using the Undo feature

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

Word 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.

To use Undo:

  • Choose EditactionUndo (Ctrl+Z).

    OR
  • Undo all of your recent actions by repeatedly clicking the Undo button located on the Standard toolbar. Undo button

Notice the small list arrow next to the Undo button. When you click it, you see a list of all the separate actions you have performed on the document you are working on. You can select as many actions as you want to undo.

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

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

Undo multiple actions

Using the Repeat feature

The Repeat feature allows you to reverse the last undo.

To reverse the last undo:

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

Edit menu with redo typing included

Check this outYou can also repeat multiple actions.

Challenge!

  • Open Word.
  • Practice using Backspace, Delete, Undo, and Repeat.