Photoshop: Why doesn't Command/Control + z undo each history step?

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Dear Adobe Gripes #14906, #14390, #4542, #1188, #2109, #14632, #15348

"If I hit Ctrl+Z twice, it means I want to undo two things, not undo
something, then redo it. What are you, apple?"

"Why doesn't Control "Z" undo each history step? Why the does it act
like a toggle switch instead?"

"Please make Control + Z do multiple undo in Photoshop"

"Make Undo/Redo work like in all other programs and get rid of Step
Forward/Backward commands."

"How 'bout a simple apple-z instead of a stupid Step Backwards?"

"Allow Cmd+Z and Shift+Cmd+Z to be used to undo/redo multiple steps in
Photoshop. Displaying and navigating through the history panel is a *huge*
pain in the ar$e."

"My fingers hurt from typing Cmd+Option+Z all day just to get the same
multiple undo behavior as Cmd+Z in every other application on the planet.
Please switch the key equivalents for these functions."
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Photoshop’s unusual Cmd-Z mapping is due to the fact that the app lets you toggle across multiple history states in one keypress.

For example, you might do something, then click 10 steps back in the History panel. Let’s say you then hit Cmd-Z. Would you expect Photoshop to undo the most recent operation (getting you back to where you’d been prior to the last click), or to go to the 11th-back history state (that is, to go further back in time)? I’d expect PS to do what it does now: it undoes the click instead of digging me deeper.

I’m not sure it’s possible to preserve the current (and to my mind correct) behavior while also making Cmd-Z work in the more common way (which would also be correct). Of course PS could ask customers to make a choice via a dialog, but that’s just a recipe for blank stares. (via John Nack and myself)

If you don't like the default behavior, Photoshop allows you to change the shortcuts by selecting Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts Simply remap the current shortcuts:



To match other applications more closely:

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Dear Adobe Gripe #3171

"how about at least 2 levels of undo without having to go into a "history palette?"
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changing the keyboard short cuts is a lame work around to something that is broken and works like we are asking in After Effects and Illustrator, and i think in indesign. surely photographers are smart enough to figure it out.

bouncing between AE, AI and PS while in a hurry this failure to do multiple undos constantly causes me problems.

and to change the keyboard shortcuts to work like other adobe apps both the 'Undo' and 'step back' would have to have the same shortcut, which it cant have. THIS IS NOT A SOLUTION.

have the programers of photoshop never used any other adobe products?

i understand you are saying that the multiple undo's is designed to work a certain way. but we are saying that way sucks, and it unlike most other apps with multiple undo's -- and is a problem
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"Jeffrey Tranberry (Chief Customer Advocate) 3 months ago
Photoshop’s unusual Cmd-Z mapping is due to the fact that the app lets you toggle across multiple history states in one keypress. "

This is the problem. I want to undo not toggle versions.
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Christian Matts

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thanks for the follow up.
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Christian Matts

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i want multiple undo's not a toggle switch between 2 versions.

its very disruptive to work flow bouncing between after effects, illustrator and photoshop when i need to go back more than one step in photoshop.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
will PS cs6 make multiple undos work like Every Other Application?.
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What kind of a program is this if you can't do multiple undos with Ctrl+z???? How is anyone supposed to use it?? I'm VERY disappointed with Photoshop CS6.
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I'm not sure if I'm asking the same question, but in previous versions, I could click on a previous history state to compare the current state and then hit Ctrl-Z to toggle between the current and previous state. In CS6, this only results in the computer beeping at me and nothing else happening. Is there a way to restore the previous behaviour? It is extremely frustrating.
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Russ

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BTW, no, not THAT Russell Brown. Another one. If I was him, I'd already know the answer.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Multiple undos.


I think it would be great for Photoshop to introduce multiple undos. It would make working in PS a lot more consistant with the other Adobe apps.
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Photoshop has had multiple Undo since version 5, see the history panel.