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Create a custom keyboard shortcut to maximize undos

Added on Wednesday 22nd of July 2009 05:29 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3/CS4

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


I thought Photoshop had an option to provide multiple undos but I can’t seem to figure out how to set the application to do this task. What am I missing?


Actually, Photoshop only allows one undo. You can, however, cycle through multiple steps by using the History panel or the Step Backward command.


To step back with the History panel:

1.       Make a few edits to an image.

2.      Choose Window > History to display the History panel.

3.      Click on the History state prior to your current one to which you wish to step back, as shown in Figure A.



Alternatively you could choose File > Step Backward. This command steps you back through as many History states as you have set in your preferences. But if your mind is set on obtaining multiple undos, why not swap the keyboard shortcuts for the two commands? Customize Photoshop so that when you press the familiar “Undo” keyboard shortcut, Photoshop will Step Backward instead.


To swap the keyboard shortcuts for Undo and Step Backward:

1.       Choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts to display the Keyboard Shortcut dialog box.

2.      Choose Application Menus in the Shortcuts For pop-up menu.

3.      Click on the triangle beside the Edit listing to display all of the options under the Edit menu.



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