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How to Undo and Redo Typing in a Word 2010 Document

When you're working away in your Word 2010 document, you may want to undo something you've done. Then again, you may undo a Word action and then decide you need to redo that action. Word provides the handy Undo and Redo commands.

Undoing your Word 2010 work

The Undo command undoes anything you do in Word, which includes formatting text, moving blocks, typing and deleting text, formatting — the whole quesadilla. You have two handy ways to unleash the Undo command:

  • Press Ctrl+Z.

  • Click the Undo command button on the Quick Access Toolbar. The Undo command button sports a drop-down menu that helps you review the past several things you've done, or that can be undone.

    Regrettably, you can't pick and choose from the Undo command button's drop-down menu; you can merely undo multiple instances of things all at one time. And Undo works sporadically sometimes. Before this happens, Word warns you. For example, you may see a message such as “There is not enough memory to undo this operation, Continue?” Proceed at your own peril.

Redo, the Undo-Undo command in Word 2010

If you undo something and — whoops! — you didn’t mean to, use the Redo command to set things back to the way they were. You have two choices:

  • Press Ctrl+Y.

  • Click the Redo command button on the Quick Access Toolbar.

When the Redo command has nothing left to redo, it changes functions and becomes the Repeat Typing command. Boy, can the Repeat Typing command be a timesaver! If you type something, and then press Ctrl+Y or choose the Repeat Typing command button from the Quick Access Toolbar, Word repeats the last few things you typed. (If you had to press the Backspace key to back up and erase, Ctrl+Y repeats only from that point on.)

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