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Undo In Windows 7

When we talk about Undo Change feature, what is the first thing comes to mind. Most people hit the Undo hotkey Ctrl + Z to restore back the changes. This feature can be use in text editors, video editors, photo editors, etc. But what most people don’t know is that they can also use Undo Change feature in Windows Explorer.

Suppose a situation where you moved a file from C drive to your desktop, later you saw that you mistakenly copied the wrong file and actually it was the other file that needed to be copied.

Now most people in this situation would manually move the file back from the desktop to the C drive, but to undo the changes you can simply hit Ctrl + Z and the whole process will be automatic.

Suppose another situation where you deleted a file mistakenly and need to restore it back. Now you don’t need to go to Recyle Bin and restore the file, simply hit the Undo hotkey Ctrl + Z and the restore process will be automatic.

Please note that if you delete a file in such a way that it doesn’t go to Recycle Bin, then Undo feature will not work. The file can be permanently deleted by hitting Ctrl + Delete. But you can always try Recuva to restore such files.

This feature is not new and is not restricted to Windows 7 only. It can be done in Windows Vista, but I am not sure if it has been implemented in Windows XP as well. Enjoy!


  1. I have Hughesnet for my computer access and Windows 7. I tried to go through email lists to delete multiples by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the emails. All of a sudden the size of the print was microscopic! Help me get it back to the readable size

    • Windows 7 deleted the parent folder for me couple of times when I did Shift + Delete. Isn’t it handy? And this tool ask you to register before you want to recover the files 😀

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