How to Edit & Undo in Word 2007

By Isaac Thress

We frequently make mistakes typing and editing in word processing programs and wish to have them undone. Microsoft Word 2007 has made fixing these errors much simpler through the use of certain tabs and commands that undo mistakes. However, if you need to return to a prior format after having made changes to a document that you no longer like, Microsoft Word 2007 makes this process easy.

Step 1

Click the "Undo" button located in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. The "Undo" button is represented by a backwards arrow. Microsoft Word 2007 allows users to undo up to 100 actions at a time. Any actions beyond 100 cannot be recovered.

Step 2

Click the arrow located directly to the right of the "Undo" button for a drop-down box to appear. This box shows the 100 most recent actions that can be selected. After choosing an action, the document will return to the point at which that action was entered.

Step 3

Choose an action and begin rewriting and/or editing the document.

Step 4

Click the "Redo" button, which is located just to the right of the "Undo" button to redo an action that you have undone. This allows you to return to the previous state of the document. There is no limitation as to how many actions can be redone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keyboard shortcuts can be used in the place of the "Undo" and "Redo" buttons located on the Quick Access Toolbar in Microsoft Word 2007. To undo an action, press "Ctrl+Z," and to redo an action, press "Ctrl+Y."
  • Once a document has been saved, its actions can no longer be undone.