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August 19, 2011

Experts' Expert: iPad undo — Shake it!

A reader asked New York Times personal tech columnist extraordinaire J.D. Biersdorfer, "Is there an equivalent to Ctrl-Z on the iPad keyboard to undo mistakes?"

She replied as follows:

Some iPad apps, like Apple's iWork suite or Adobe's Photoshop Express, include an Undo button in the program's toolbar that you can tap to reverse your last action. The availability of an Undo button depends on the app, however.

For standard iPad apps like Mail and Notes, there is a quick way to undo your last action — but it is not particularly obvious. When you do make a mistake, like accidentally deleting a chunk of needed text in a Mail message for instance, hold the iPad firmly with both hands (please) and carefully give it a quick shake. A dialog box should appear on the screen with the option to undo your last typing action. The shake-to-undo technique also works on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

I'm going to go out on a limb and call this an Easter Egg.


Who knew "shake your iPad" would be the next big thing?

Wait a minute... what's that music I'm hearing?

August 19, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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