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Windows 7: Control Z (undo) not working

05 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise, 64 bit
Control Z (undo) not working


Sorry if this is a repeat, but I searched and didn't come up with anything directly related to this question.

Control Z (undo) isn't working in Office or anywhere else (notepad, email, anything). I'm not sure how I managed to turn it off, but it would be really appreciated if someone could help turn it back on. I use ctrl z, x, c, and v for undo, cut, copy, and paste all the time. Everything but ctrl z still works. Now that it isn't working, I've realized how much it helps my productivity.


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05 Nov 2012   #2

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Hello ogallupe and welcome to Seven Forums.

I've heard that people who use Skype sometimes use Ctrl+Z to mute the microphone. Doing so makes Ctrl+Z (the undo command) not work in other programs. If you have a system restore point that goes back to before this problem started you may be able to roll back your computer to a good working state.

System Restore

Another possibility is to check for damaged or corrupt system files. Run a system file checker scan from an elevated command prompt (option two.) If problems are found, run the scan 3 times and reboot the computer after each scan.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Please post back if anything helped or not.
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05 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise, 64 bit

Thanks! Your Skype advice got me thinking and I realized that after recently switching back to Winamp after many years of using other media software, I set Ctrl+Z as a hotkey. After changing that to something different in Winamp, problem solved! So, thanks for your help!
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05 Nov 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Awesome! Glad to hear you got it sorted out. Thanks for posting back.
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08 Oct 2013   #5

64 bit

My search about this problem lead to this thread. The problem was Skype and I was able to easily change its hot key setting. That solved the problem immediately! Thank you.
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