Ctrl+Z Deleted Files Recovery

Jean updated on Sep 16, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Did you lose files by accidentally pressing 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 and use it 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 pasted some photos to a folder that I created on the desktop. Then I deleted a few of those photos. Later, 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 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. I checked the original position where I copied them, and they were not there either. How do I recover a deleted file from Ctrl Z? Any help will be appreciated."

A very useful tool that makes work much easier is Windows shortcut, and what we use the most are "Ctrl+C", "Ctrl+X", "Ctrl+V" and "Ctrl+Z". The former three shortcuts are about "copy, cut and paste" that we frequently employ, while the last one is about "undo changes". By pressing Ctrl+Z keys simultaneously, we can undo the previous actions we made or restore other data files we're working on. However, it's not a master key. Like the scenario tells, some users have lost files by mistakenly pressing Ctrl+Z and are asking ways to recover deleted files. Don't worry. On this page, we will show you two effective methods to recover Windows 10 Ctrl+Z deleted files. Read on and get details. 

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

Here below, you'll find two practical solutions to Ctrl + Z file recovery. You may follow either one to get lost files restored.

Method 1. Quick Undo Ctrl + Z Delete

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

  • 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 Windows 10 Ctrl+Z Deleted Files with EaseUS File Recovery Software

If the above way doesn't work, don't be discouraged. You still have a great chance to recover Windows 10 Ctrl +Z deleted files by using a competent data recovery software. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard enables you to easily restore accidentally deleted files from hard drive, SSD, USB flash drive, external hard drive, and more with a few clicks. Now, download this data recovery software to recover the Ctrl +Z deleted folder and files with step by step guides.

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.

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More About Ctrl +Z Deleted Files in Windows 10

The Ctrl shortcut keys on Windows bring users huge conveniences. When used in combination with other keys, it can perform many useful functions, as mentioned at the beginning of the article. Let's talk a little bit more about Ctrl +Z here.

What Does Ctrl+Z Do in File Explorer?

Pressing the Ctrl+Z key combination can restore the last thing you clicked, typed, or changed to its previous state. It's faster than clicking the Edit > Undo feature! If you accidentally delete a file in Windows Explorer or File Explorer, pressing Ctrl+Z can recover the deleted files instantly without having to open the Recycle Bin.

What Happens if You Press Ctrl +Z?

Like what said before, pressing Ctrl +Z can undo the last actions you made. Ctrl+Z also works in many situations where the Undo option isn't available.

How Do I Recover a Deleted File from Ctrl+Z?

You can use the two approaches in this article to recover a deleted file from Ctrl+Z. To recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10, the best way is to use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for help.

How to Recover Files Lost by Ctrl+Z on Mac?

Recover lost files from Ctrl+Z, accidental deletion, hard drive formatting, OS crash, virus attack, or other causes; you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac for help. It supports photo recovery, video recovery, document recovery, backup recovery, and more. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"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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