How to Undo More Than Once in Photoshop

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Knowing how to undo more than once in Photoshop is essential while editing as this enables you to easily go back and forth between designs to reverse any adjustments easily with zero hassle. Below, we’ve discussed extensively how to go about this depending on your Photoshop version.

How to Undo More Than Once in Photoshop 

Undoubtedly, knowing how to reverse your Photoshop edits multiple times is essential. However, it’s not as simple as hitting the “CTRL+ Z” option several times because Photoshop was initially meant to have just one undo function, which means you can only use CTRL+Z once.

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There are numerous ways to undo a specific action more than once in Photoshop, depending on your version. Most Photoshop versions, on the other hand, allow you to undo your changes with just a few mouse clicks.

How many times can you undo it in Photoshop, depending on the version you’re using? Let’s go ahead and answer that.

Enabling Photoshop to Undo More Than Once

There are times while working in Photoshop when you’ll need to go back and redo a step, edit, or change. The ability to reverse each step that you take is a game-changer, even if it doesn’t sound like fun at the time. 

Knowing how to increase the number of times you can undo your steps on Photoshop is highly recommended.  This is the very first step to undoing more than once on Photoshop. How do you do that with zero hassle? Here’s how:

  1. Open Photoshop on your computer
  2. Navigate to the “Edit” menu from the menu bar on your Photoshop window
  3. A list of options is displayed, and from it, select the option titled “Preferences.”
  4. From the drop-down menu shown, choose the “Performance” button, which displays a dialogue box
  5. From the dialogue box, go to the “History States” option
  6. Then, adjust the number of History from the default to any amount that you desire, up to 1000 histories (200 is ideal for most projects)

How to Undo Multiple Times by Changing the Default Undo Feature

This step involves using a keyboard option to reverse your Photoshop several steps backward. Using this step, you will change the keyboard shortcut for the reverse action from the one-time “ALT+CTRL+Z to the “CTRL+Z” key for multiple reverses. Here are the steps to do this:

On a Windows Computer:

  1. Open Photoshop on your computer
  2. Navigate to the “Edit” option from the menu bar, which displays a drop-down menu
  3. From the list of options on the menu, select the option “Keyboard Shortcuts” to display a menu box.
  4. In the menu box titled “Application Menu Command,” go to the “Edit” option and select it
  5. Go to the option called “Step Backwards” and change the existing shortcut from “ALT+CTRL+Z” to “CTRL+Z.”
  6. Then, navigate to the “Undo/Review” section and clear the existing keyboard shortcut or change it to another key other than “CTRL+Z.”
  7. Then select “Accept” to save this modification
  8. After that, click on “OK” to confirm this change
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On a Mac Computer:

  1. Load up Photoshop on your computer
  2. Go to the menu bar and select the option called “Edit,” which displays a pull-down list of options.
  3. Look through the list of options and select the option titled “Keyboard Shortcuts,” which displays a dialogue box with several keyboard shortcut options.
  4. Go to the menu box called “Application Menu Commands” and select the option titled “Select.”
  5. Navigate to the “Step Backwards” shortcut option and change the shortcut key from “OPT+CMD+Z” to “CMD+Z.”
  6. Go to the “Undo/Review” menu and change the shortcut key from the default “CMD+Z” to another keyboard shortcut (e.g., CMD+N)
  7. Then select “Accept” to save this modification
  8. Lastly, click on “OK” to confirm this change

How to Undo Multiple Times on Photoshop via the History Panel

This method involves going back to the “History” section of your Photoshop and looking through the list of all the steps you’ve taken to select the step you wish to return to. Here’s how to access the “History” panel quickly and without any hassle:

  1. Open Photoshop on your computer
  2. Go to Windows on the home screen
  3. Then select the option titled “History” or
  4. Select the “History” panel tab on your windows if it has been set up in your workspace already
  5. Scroll through the list of steps under the “History” tab to select your desired step

How to Undo Multiple Times on Photoshop With Your Keyboard Shortcut

This involves using a keyboard shortcut to go back to actions performed several steps backward. Here’s how to do this on a MAC or Windows computer.

On a Windows Computer: 

  1. Open up Photoshop on your computer
  2. Go to the “Edit” menu in Photoshop
  3. Then, select the option titled “Step Backwards” or press “CTRL+Z” on your computer
  4. Repeat the step above until you go back to the action that you’re looking for

On a Mac Computer:

  1. Load up Photoshop on your Mac computer
  2. Navigate to the “Edit” button at the top of the “Editor” tab
  3. Press “CMD+Z” on your computer or choose the option titled “Step Backwards.”
  4. Repeat this step until you return to the past action that you want

What Are the Benefits of Knowing How to Undo More Than Once in Photoshop?

Editing an image to bring out the best quality of that image involves a lot of going back and forth between steps. Thus, as you progress while editing, you might need to reverse your steps repeatedly and on several occasions until you find one version of the image you need.

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Besides, when you’re getting a feel of things and experimenting with different images, it is essential to know how and when to go back after applying a specific effect on that image. Without this, you might make an undesirable change permanently to that image which alters the quality.

For this and many other reasons, knowing how to undo more than once on Photoshop is an essential part of any editing stage. Many designers have found this tool to be a lifesaver, especially when they are trying out new tools and features in Photoshop.

Related Questions

How Do I Revert to the Original Image in Photoshop?

Even if something goes wrong with a file, you can “revert” to the original image by choosing Revert from the File menu or pressing F12. If you’ve made any changes to the file since you accessed it, it will be restored to its original state.

How Do You Fix Photoshop When It Stops Undoing?

To fix Photoshop when it stops undoing, check to see if restarting Photoshop can solve the problem. Also, make sure to check your preferences and hit the Reset Preferences Upon Restart button in the General Section if that doesn’t work.


No doubt, for many editing projects in Photoshop, knowing how to undo more than once is a lifesaver. Knowing how to reverse your actions multiple times helps to simplify your editing process drastically. There are several methods to do this, depending on your Photoshop version and your computer type.