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Windows Explorer maintains a list of file operations so that you can undo them (10 operations up to XP and 32 from Vista). You can see the last operation without performing it by opening the Edit menu, and highlighting the Undo command without selecting it and looking at the status bar (though even then, it often does not work and only shows a blank string in the status bar).


Unfortunately not only does this show the operation in the status bar, which by default is not enabled, but this only shows the last operation. Even worse, it only shows the operation and file’s name, not the path(s).

Use-case scenario

An example use is if you are renaming and moving a bunch of files—especially similarly named files like download1.png, download2.png, etc.—then realize that you forgot to move one of the files after renaming it. Seeing the list of the last several filenames and paths modified would allow you to figure out which one was missed without having to undo all of the subsequent operations which might make a complete mess of things.


Does anyone know of a way to get a list of all of the operations that Windows has stored in its Undo buffer? I have seen program that can hook into Windows and do things that are unsupported like rearranging taskbar and tray icons (XP did not support that), so I am hoping that someone has managed to do the same with the Undo buffer.

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xp does support rearranging taskbar program positions - via a third party utility called taskbar shuffle –  Costin Gușă Jul 9 '13 at 17:25
@CostinGușă, actually, there were several programs that let you rearrange the taskbar and tray icons, but like you said, they were third-party. This is because Windows did not support the action (Microsoft made assumptions about user behavior), so they had to reverse-engineer the functions to figure out a way to do it because there was no official hooks to allow it to happen (I myself once had to reverse-engineered the registry entry that controls the tray-icon display behavior in order to write a viewer/editor for it). –  Synetech Jul 9 '13 at 21:20

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