Ctrl+Z Deleted Files Recovery (Full Guide)

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 11/10/8/7 now.

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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 11/10/8/7

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.

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the location you would like to recover data from – such as the Recycle Bin or a hard drive. Click the "Scan" button to start looking for deleted files that can be recovered.

select the location

Step 2. When the scan completes, you can click the "Filter" menu or type in the "Search files or folders" field to home on certain files that match the criteria you specify.

scan for deleted files

Step 3. Select and preview files to determine which ones you would like to recover. Click the "Recover" button to restore them.

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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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Brithny is a technology enthusiast, aiming to make readers' tech life easy and enjoyable. She loves exploring new technologies and writing technical how-to tips. On her spare time, she loves sharing things about her favorite singer - Taylor Swift on her Facebook or Twitter.

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Written by Jean

Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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