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How do you undo text deletions when composing a message?

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How do you undo text deletions when composing a message? DdoubleD 9/6/10 7:08 AM
Is there a way to UNDO a deletion of a block of text when composing/replying to an email?

Sometimes when I am typing on my crummy laptop, some combination of (accidental) touch to the mouse pad with keystrokes causes large portions of my text to disappear, as if I had blocked the text and hit delete. It is so frustrating when the portion turns out to be 75% or more of my message!!! I type pretty quick and it messes up my train of thought when I have to resubmit my thoughts to the edit box. Sometimes I just abort the reply/message because so much was lost. I am aware of the "save draft" feature and it doesn't help me because I can type a large paragraph in less than a minute, and sometimes it will save over the buffered draft before I can recover it anyway.

Regardless of my laptops shortcomings, why is there not an undo in the edit window for typing error; or is there, and I have just never found it?
Re: How do you undo text deletions when composing a message? John 5 9/27/10 8:11 AM
Just found this in another forum post - use Ctrl-Z to undo, and Ctrl-Y to redo. Works like a champ!
Re: How do you undo text deletions when composing a message? DdoubleD 9/27/10 8:16 AM
John 5, many thanks!
Re: How do you undo text deletions when composing a message? GerritM 12/4/10 1:22 PM
Ctrl-Z appears to undo the last actions with a limitation of ~100 actions. It is quite useful! Would be nice if the number of undo steps would be larger.... I would even suggest to add an undo link/button to the edit toolbar.
Re: How do you undo text deletions when composing a message? giallograle 12/12/10 5:55 AM
Ctrl+z doesn't do anything on my pc except either open a new browser window, or put a 'Z' into the text.

Typical Google - no button to push either...
Re: How do you undo text deletions when composing a message? wanderingstar 1/12/11 1:47 PM
This happens to me all the time  - I am not sure what I am doing that causes several pp to disappear. Control z works sometimes.  Not always.  They really need an undo button. Can anyone tell me what causes this to happen so I can be more careful?
Re: How do you undo text deletions when composing a message? wdurham 1/13/11 5:09 AM
Ctrl-Z is the universal cross-platform keyboard shortcut for Undo, and as such works in all browsers.

Just like Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V are for copy and paste. (Or, of course, Cmd-Z, C and V for Mac users. )

Though I can't imagine how many errors you would have to have made to want to Undo more than 100 actions!    ;-)

If you want a clickable Undo in GMail, you usually have two choices as well as the keyboard shortcut:

1. Right click in your text box and choose Undo from the context menu

2. Enable your browser's menu bar and use Undo from there.