How to Undo Deleted Files on Windows 10/11

This guide will show you how to undo deleted files in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, including the method to undo permanent delete.


By Lena / Updated on June 23, 2022

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How Do I Undo a Delete in Windows 10?

I just deleted a favorites folder by mistake using the Shift + Delete shortcut. Is there any way to undo permanent delete in Windows 10?

- Question from Microsoft Community

Accidentally deleted files or folders when you are trying to free up disk space or for the sake of privacy, in this case, how to undo a deletion? Well, don’t panic, when you delete files, your computer doesn't delete them completely, there are many ways to help you recover deleted files in Windows 10.

  • For the files or folders deleted via the Delete option, you can let the Undo Delete option undelete them.
  • For the files or folders deleted using Shift + Delete shortcut, you can recover permanently deleted files on Windows 10 via File History or data recovery tool.

Without much ado, let’s start to see how to undo deleted files on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7.

Tip 1. How to Undo Deleted Files on Windows 10 via Ctrl+Z

There is one shortcut that can help you recover any instantly deleted files. That’s “Ctrl+Z”. When you accidentally delete files or folders in File Explorer, you can press Ctrl along with Z on your keyboard and the deleted files will be recovered and will appear.

In addition, you can make use of the Undo Delete option to undo a deletion in File Explorer. Simply go to the folder from where you deleted your files > Right-click anywhere inside the folder > Choose Undo Delete option.

Undo Delete

Note: Please note that this method is not workable if you have logged out or restarted your computer.

Tip 2. How to Undo Deleted Files on Windows 10 - Check Recycle Bin

Generally, when we delete files, they are not permanently deleted and will be moved to Recycle Bin. Don’t forget to go to have a check. However, this method is not workable if you have permanently deleted files using Shift + D keys or have emptied Recycle Bin.

Open Recycle Bin > Find the accidentally deleted files or folders > Select the files or folders you want to recover > Right-click on them and choose Restore option. In this way, the deleted files will be restored to their original location from where they were deleted.

Restore from Recycle Bin

Tip 3. How to Undo Delete on Windows 10 via File History

If you have enabled File History on computer, then you can undo a deletion in File Explorer without software. You can go to Control Panel > System and Security > File History to check if you have opened the function.

If it is enabled, you can choose Restore personal files > find the deleted files or folders you want to recover > click the Restore option to undo deleted files on Windows 10.

Restore from File History

In addition, you can simply right-click the hard disk drive or the folder that used to contain the deleted files > select Restore previous versions > check and choose a previous version that contains the deleted files > click Restore to get back the deleted files.

Restore Previous Versions

Tip 4. How to Undo Permanent Delete in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7

If you want to undo permanent delete or want to recover deleted files from recycle bin after empty, it’s recommended to use a professional data recovery tool. MyRecover is recommended here.

This recovery tool is designed by AOMEI, the leading benchmark of the data security industry. With an advanced scan engine and robust data recovery algorithm, ADR for Windows will find deleted or lost data at a very high speed.

Help you recover missing data effectively, safely, and completely.
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You can click the download button to get the tool and follow the steps below to undo permanent delete in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7.

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Step 1. Open ADR for Windows > Choose the partition where you have deleted files or folders > Click Start Scan.

Start Scan

Step 2. It will automatically search your partition with Quick Scan & Deep Scan; Quick Scan aims at finding deleted data, while Deep Scan searches for other lost data.


Step 3. When the scanning is complete, you can select the files you want to delete and click the Recover button to restore them.

As soon as any deleted or lost data is found, the tool will immediately display them in the list. Once you see the files you need to recover, you can choose to recover them - you are allowed to recover files during the scanning process.

Final Words

That’s all about how to undo deleted files in Windows 10/11. For the permanently deleted files, you can find them from the backup or let the recovery tool help you recover them.

In order to quickly recover lost data the next time, it’s recommended to make regular backups. If you do not want to use File History, then can use let a third-party backup tool like AOMEI Backupper help you backup your important data the way you like.

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.