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How do I change the number of undos in Illustrator CS6?

New Here ,
Aug 20, 2013 Aug 20, 2013

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I used to have what seemed like unlimited undo's in Illustrator CS6 for Mac. In the last few days all I can do is six?!? How do I change this, please help!

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 20, 2013 Aug 20, 2013
You should have 200 undos, and can verify this in the bottom left flyout >> show >> number of undos (this show shows many undos you have cahced, not your max amount, will max out at 200) You can try changing the 200 in the illustrator preferences, by using a text editor, saving and then booting illustrator. Not sure this is a great idea, as 200 should be plenty, but let us know your results if you try./undoDepth 5/maxUndoDepth 200Older versions of Illustrator let you change this in the preferenc...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 20, 2013 Aug 20, 2013

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You should have 200 undos, and can verify this in the bottom left flyout >> show >> number of undos (this show shows many undos you have cahced, not your max amount, will max out at 200)

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You can try changing the 200 in the illustrator preferences, by using a text editor, saving and then booting illustrator. Not sure this is a great idea, as 200 should be plenty, but let us know your results if you try.

/undoDepth 5

/maxUndoDepth 200

Older versions of Illustrator let you change this in the preferences, but they must have decied that hitting CMD Z more than 200 times is not a good way to spend your afternoon.

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New Here ,
Aug 20, 2013 Aug 20, 2013

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Sorry, I have no idea how to create a script, or where to save it to.

What's frustrating is that it used to be (around) 200. But I have no idea what caused it to change to 6.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 21, 2013 Aug 21, 2013

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open this file in a text editor (windows):

Users\<user name>\AppData/Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings\en_US*\AIPrefs

search it for 'maxundodepth'

see what's there

change it (maybe)

save and restart illustrator.

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Aug 21, 2013 Aug 21, 2013

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How are you determinng that you only have 6 undos?

Try turning on the option as I showed in my previous post, drag and drop any object  around on a clean doucment, you will see that number increase for each edit you do.

If you feel uncomfortable with editing the AI prefs file, you can reset you illustrator prefs by holding down command optionshift, as quickly as you can after booting illustrator.

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Aug 25, 2017 Aug 25, 2017

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Adobe Photoshop allows 1000 undos, and Illustrator should allow at least that amount too.

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Aug 31, 2017 Aug 31, 2017

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Hi there,

As suggested above, you can change that in the preferences. The default value is 200. If you want, you can also share a feature request here: Adobe Illustrator Feedback

Regards,

Om

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