Undo and Redo Buttons Gone in Excel? Find Them Here Now!

In fall 2021, Microsoft will release an update of the Office suite with some changes to the interface. It comes with changes to the Quick Access Toolbar. One thing has also changed that might confuse you in the first moment: The Undo and Redo buttons are gone from the Quick Access Toolbar. But luckily, they have not moved far…

Update of Microsoft Excel

Microsoft regularly updates the Office suite, including Microsoft Excel. Most updates are really helpful and improve your daily work, but some of them might confuse you at the first moment. One of the coming updates will include a changed user interface. That means, buttons and ribbons look differently. However, most functions are still where they used to be.

With the coming update (besides new buttons layout and colors), the ribbon changes. You can now customize it further, but also some minor things have changed. Including the undo- and redo buttons. They seem to be gone from the Quick Access Toolbar. Here is, where you can find them now.

Where to find the Undo and Redo buttons now

Before, by default, the undo and redo buttons were located in the Quick Access Toolbar. The Quick Access Toolbar was either above or below the ribbon and by default looks like this:

"Old" ribbon in Excel: Undo and Redo in Quick Access Toolbar.
“Old” ribbon in Excel: Undo and Redo in Quick Access Toolbar.

After you have updated your Office version to the new layout, the buttons are now on the left of the Home ribbon:

"New" ribbon: Undo and redo buttons are part of the Home ribbon now.
“New” ribbon: Undo and redo buttons are part of the Home ribbon now.

You can put them back into the ribbon if you like: Just right-click on them and then on “Add to Quick Access Toolbar”.

Of course, the keyboard shortcuts continue to work: Ctrl + Z for undo and Ctrl + Y for redo.

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Please note that because of the removal of the Undo and Redo buttons, the numbering of buttons in the Quick Access Toolbar has changed.
That’s why I have added them back into the Quick Access Toolbar to keep my original numbering.

More changes to the ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar

Besides the location of the Quick Access Toolbar and the buttons in it, the update also comes with more changes. Microsoft claims, these changes are based on user feedback. Please judge yourself if they are helpful for you…

Besides the undo- and redo buttons, the ribbon has received some more updates.
Besides the undo- and redo buttons, the ribbon has received some more updates.
  1. You cannot remove the AutoSave toggle and the Save button any longer. Let’s see if Microsoft lets us hide them in the future…
  2. We have already been talking about the Undo and Redo buttons – they are now on the left of the Home ribbon.
  3. Besides just showing buttons in the Quick Access Toolbar you can from now on also display labels with the function name. You can disable labels if you click on Customize Quick Access Toolbar and then on “Hide command labels”.
    Please note: You can only show the command labels if the Quick Access Toolbar is below the ribbon.
  4. You can now completely hide the Quick Access Toolbar. Just right-click on it and click on it and then on “Hide Quick Access Toolbar”.
  5. The (color) theme of Office now adapts to your windows theme. If you notice that after the update the colorful Excel (or Office) theme has disappeared, you can easily get it back within the Excel settings (File –> Options –> General)

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Henrik Schiffner is a freelance business consultant and software developer. He lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. Besides being an Excel enthusiast he loves photography and sports.


    1. Hi Nate,

      Thanks for the feedback. This is not a blog, it’s a site with up-to-date knowledge articles. On the one hand, the vast majority of Excel knowledge does not expire (for example, a VLOOKUP works exactly the same way as it has always been). On the other hand, I keep the content up-to-date. Whenever Microsoft publishes an update of Office or Excel, I incorporate it into the articles. If you see anything that is outdated, I’m glad about a quick feedback.

      That being said, I decided not to publish dates because it would only confuse and wrongly lead to the assumption that something might be outdated.

      Best regards,

  1. In Excel my undo and redo buttons now don’t appear anywhere. Furthermore, the quick access toolbar will only show the save button – even though I have checked features such as undo and redo, print preview, quick print etc in options, none of them appear anywhere. I’m using Office Home and Student 2016. Please help.

    1. That’s strange in Excel 2016. But probably you can still get them back.
      Right-click anywhere on the Quick Access Toolbar. Then click on “Customize Quick Access Toolbar”. The now open window you can see available commands on the left and your current Quick Access Toolbar on the right. Select Popular commands and scroll down to Undo / Redo. Add them with the Arrows. For more information, please take a look at this article: https://professor-excel.com/quick-access-toolbar/

  2. Wow — suddenly no UNDO button! (What’s Microsoft thinking?) I’m so happy that I searched and found your TIMELY information. Thank you!

  3. This option is on my desktop PC, but still shows on the smaller icons on my laptop, and also is still flat and squared on the edges, not with the new curved corners. Both versions are identical in the account page.

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