Word – Can I force Microsoft Word 2013 to only Undo 1 keystroke at a time

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In case there's a different solution for my use case, here are my reasons:

I often use Word for writing documents with lots of lists, and when I accidentally hit enter, instead of ctrl-enter, I want to be able to just hit ctrl-z and try it again.

Instead, half the time it will wipe out a bunch of text on the previous line – commonly, a whole sentence or more. So instead I have to hit backspace multiple times to remove the new bullet item, however many indents, and then the newline.

Best Answer

  • To my knowledge you cannot force Word to undo one character at a time.

    Alternative 1:

    Slightly less annoying(?) -- Up, End, then Del.

    Alternative 2:

    Create a macro that you assign to a keyboard shortcut and/or a button of your choice...

    Either a macro of the needed backspaces, or the key sequence mentioned in alternative 1, or a few lines of code that will delete the current line:

    Sub Macro1()
        Selection.HomeKey Unit:=wdLine
        Selection.EndKey Unit:=wdLine, Extend:=wdExtend
        Selection.Delete Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=1
    End Sub