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I had a brain fart and forgot which was the last file action I performed in Windows Explorer on XP SP3. Explorer offers an undo but I am not 100% confident I remember what was the last operation I performed (a move, or rename).

I've had this situation before - so is there a tool or method to reveal what is going to be undone if I do use the Undo command?

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On XP at least you can see the list of actions that undo will make by hovering over Edit/Undo.

Starting with two files named 1.txt and 2.txt I delete them both, hovering over the "Undo Delete" then displays the following text in the status bar:

Undo Delete '1.txt' and '2.txt'

I don't know if ths option is available in Vista and/or 7 but I assure you it works on an up-to-date XP.

update: confirmed to work on Vista and 7 by techie007 !

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Works under Windows 7 as well, you just have to enable the status bar. :) –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 16 '11 at 12:50
Thank you for confirming this on 7 ! –  Shadok Nov 16 '11 at 13:02
Thank yo for pointing that par tout. It's been so long since I've seen the Explorer Status bar that I forget about it. ;) –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 16 '11 at 13:07
The status bar on Vista+ was dumbed down so much it's not useful anymore. Before that you could quickly know what was the remaining space on the selected disk, even if you weren't on the root node, THAT was great. I guess XP will be my last MS OS :) –  Shadok Nov 16 '11 at 13:16
You can turn the Status bar on, but it's generally just been replaced with a fat info bar on the bottom that provides object meta info. I have a fancy configurable, blinky gadget that tell me my disk space and I/O usage in real time now-a-days. ;) –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 16 '11 at 13:53

In the Explorer menu bar: Edit -> Undo ABC. "ABC" will be the thing it will undo.

For example, the last thing I did was Delete a file:

Edit_Undo ABC

As Shadok correctly points out in his answer regarding XP, if you have the status bar enabled (which it's not enabled in Vista+ by default) it will show you the file you deleted will be undone, except (in Windows 7) if you delete more than one object it shows Undo delete of ''.

This also works similarly for Rename(s), etc.

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That does not tell you WHICH files will be undeleted or un-renamed. That is the crux of my question here. –  Syclone0044 Oct 18 '11 at 6:07
Perhaps add that stipulation to your question? –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Oct 18 '11 at 11:57
I'm thinking of stealing that screenshot for my own answer >:) –  Shadok Nov 16 '11 at 12:05

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