Ctrl+Z Deleted Files Recovery

Jean updated on Oct 17, 2018 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Did you lose files by accidentally pressed Ctrl + Z? Relax! This article will show you how to undo Ctrl + Z and recover deleted files. EaseUS file recovery software will help you simply recover files lost by Ctrl + Z within 3 simple steps. Download to see how to undo Ctrl + Z file deletion in Windows 10/8/7 now.

Ctrl+Z Deleted My Files, How to Undo

"I cut and paste some photos to a folder that I created on the desktop. Then I deleted a few of those photos. Then by using ctrl+z, I replaced those photos back there, but what happened was, by pressing ctrl+z, it deleted that whole folder with all of the photos in it. But again pressing ctrl+z it replaced the folder back to the desktop but all the data that was on that folder was gone, and ctrl+z won't work anymore."

A very useful tool that makes life much easier are Windows shortcuts, and what we hear the most are "Ctrl-C", "Ctrl-X", "Ctrl-V" and "Ctrl-Z". The former three shortcuts are about "copy/cut and paste" that we used most frequently, while the latter option is about "undo changes". By pressing Ctrl+Z keys simultaneously, we can undo the last actions we made on a Word document or other data files we're working on.

It seems that the combination of Ctrl and Z keys are very useful under Windows operating system, as it allows us to return where we were before making a mistake. However, it's not a master key. Still, many people are asking ways to recover deleted files.

How to Recover Files Deleted by Ctrl+Z Shortcut in Windows 10/8/7?

Here below, you'll find 2 methods for Ctrl + Z file recovery and you may follow either one to get lost files restored by Ctrl + Z now:

Method 1. Quick undo Ctrl + Z delete

If you fail to undo the deletion by pressing Ctrl + Z keys on keyboards, you can simply right-click whilst being in the folder and select 'Undo delete':

  • Click Start Computer;
  • Find and locate the folder that used to contain the deleted file;
  • Right-click on the folder and select Undo delete;
  • Then this will ideally restore your recently deleted file just like Ctrl + Z would.

Method 2. Recover Ctrl+Z deleted files with EaseUS file recovery software

Is there any way to recover Ctrl+Z deleted files? Usually, if you happen to delete a file by pressing Ctrl+Z, you can then apply Ctrl+Y to revert the undoing changes back in time. However, if Ctrl+Y fails to restore the earlier deletion by Ctrl+Z, you can download EaseUS file recovery software and try to recover deleted files by Windows 10 shortcuts.

Step 1. Download and open the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. When you open it, you can see all of the disks and partitions on your computer. Select the disk partition or storage location where you deleted your files and click the "Scan" button to move on.

select the location

Step 2. The scanning process starts as long as you click "Scan". The quick scan for deleted files won’t take too long to complete.

scan for deleted files

Step 3. After the scan, click the "Deleted files" on the left panel that contains all the removed files. You can preview and select files as you need. Then, click "Recover" to restore the data to a secure location.

recover deleted files

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

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"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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