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Writer: Infinite Undo History [closed]

asked 2013-04-15 05:34:17 +0200

Nial GSA Eden gravatar image

Free Windows Notepad or Wordpad have a deeper, undo history. Multiple times, I have edited something and Writer could not go far enough back.

How long is the undo history, and could the developers, please make it more robust?

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answered 2013-04-15 08:22:37 +0200

Antanas gravatar image

Let's compare comparable – MS Office and LibreOffice. MS Office stores 100 undo steps in memory. Increasing this value leads to extended use of random access memory (RAM) and possibly virtual memory. This slows down responsiveness of an application. LibreOffice allows you undo 100 steps by default. You can increase this value using main menu Tools>Options>LibreOffice>Memory>Number of steps. Max value is 1.000 (one thousand).

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That "number of steps" option appears to be no longer available in current versions of LibreOffice.

Zauber Paracelsus gravatar imageZauber Paracelsus ( 2017-03-01 17:30:14 +0200 )edit

Zauber, indeed it is missing, but you can change it going to Tools>Options>LibreOffice>Advanced>Advanced Options>org.libreoffice.Office.Common>Undo>Undo, double-click on it and change the value. Reference: http://www.trishtech.com/2017/01/how-...

brandizzi gravatar imagebrandizzi ( 2017-03-17 02:17:08 +0200 )edit

Still there, however with LibreOffice 7.x it is now under:

Tools > Options > LibreOffice > Advanced > Open Expert Configuration

and then click on "Preference Name" to sort by that column, and then find


and then find the "Undo" option and double-click to set as desired.

Fwiw, with modern computers and all that, I suggest making this 1000 by default.

LI gravatar imageLI ( 2021-01-01 23:53:29 +0200 )edit

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