I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask this question, but I don't know any other. Please point to the correct exchange if any.

I wrote some text in Notepad, I use Windows 7, and by accident I pressed Ctrl+X instead of Ctrl+C. The problem was that when I paste, it pasted the last thing I copied (Ctrl+C).
I haven't saved the document, so there is any way to restore or find what was cut the last time?

I know that Notepad is minimalist. I read other posts, but I just want to make sure that is destroyed forever.

  • This needs editing. As it is it makes no sense. – Xavierjazz Jun 22 '15 at 23:51
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    Have you tried CTRL-Z ? – cliff2310 Jun 22 '15 at 23:52
  • What bug?  (As oldmud0 asks, do you not know that Ctrl+X is the keyboard shortcut for “Cut”?)  You just want to make sure that what is destroyed forever? … … … … … … … … … (Sorry; I didn’t notice that this was a four-year-old post by a long-gone user.) – G-Man Says 'Reinstate Monica' May 17 '19 at 13:35

If Notepad is still running in that same session and you haven't made too many edits since cutting it out, you can try Ctrl+Z (undo) to restore the text. You can't view a history of things you cut in a simple program like Notepad. I'm sure that programs like Office have clipboard history.


Remember, Ctrl+X deletes your selection and copies it to the clipboard at the same time (did you not notice until now?). This is standard behavior that works in any text editor.

If you want it 100% deleted, removed forever from your undo history from every text editor in the face of your monitor, all you have to do is delete it with Backspace (not Ctrl+X), save your work, and reopen your text editor to clear your undo history.

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