Introducing History: Easily Undo / Redo Changes in Editor

The newest feature release for Elementor (v1.7) adds redo / undo capabilities, letting you trace back your actions, allowing to design faster, never worrying about making a mistake. Read on, to find out about this and other improvements that will make your design workflow much simpler.

The timing couldn't have worked better for us: Releasing our history feature at the exact time we reached a historical milestone - 200,000 active installs.

This has been a long anticipated feature for all Elementor users, and I am glad to be introducing a feature that will make the Elementor design workflow that much better:

Introducing History!

From now on, everything you do inside the editor can be undone, and then redone if necessary.

Made a mistake? No worries! Simply hit Ctrl / Cmd + Z or open the history panel and browse through all your past actions.

This feature is an important addition to the already useful Revision History feature we released a while back, which creates a saved revision every time you save your changes.

How to use the new History feature

In the bottom of the left panel, you will notice a new  icon. Clicking on it will open the history panel, showing two tabs: Actions and Revisions.

Actions

The Actions tab logs every single 'action' you make in Elementor. From adding text to changing button colors... Nothing gets left out.

Browsing and clicking through the actions will let you trace back your steps.

Skim the list of actions, until you reach the exact point where you made the horrible mistake that completely botched your otherwise beautiful page design (I told you never to use the Comic Sans font!)

Once you've found the right spot to go back, continue from that point on. You can move back and forth between actions, same as with any software that has Undo Redo options.

Revisions

If you reach the end of the list of actions, you can go back even further, by switching to the Revisions tab.

We wrote in detail about this feature in the previous Revision History release post. Revisions are really useful and are saved using the same WordPress revisions functionality. This makes Elementor's revisions super fast and also optimizable by any revision optimization plugin.

The Revision History feature logs a revision of your entire page every time you press save. This allows you to go back and forth between earlier versions of your page design, so your entire page design process is backed up, every step of the way.

Once you choose the revision to switch back to, you press the 'Apply' button and your current page will revert back to the saved revision version.

New Hotkeys

Hotkeys are really helpful when it comes to the design experience in Elementor. This way, you can freely experiment within the editor, speeding up your entire design workflow.

We are so used to control z'ing in any software we use, that it feels natural to have the same functionality in Elementor. One of our Facebook group member even wrote a comment that from time to time he pressed control Z out of reflex.

Dude, you can now finally press it and step back to the last action!

We've added 4 new hotkeys: Redo, Undo, Delete and Duplicate. Here is the full list of hotkeys:

Here are the currently available hotkeys:

Undo

Ctrl / Cmd + Z

Undo any change made on the page

Redo

Ctrl / Cmd + Shift + Z

Redo any change made on the page

Duplicate

Ctrl / Cmd + D

Duplicate section / column / widget that is edited

Delete

Delete

Delete section / column / widget that is edited

Save

Ctrl / Cmd + S

Save your work and possibly revert back to it with the revision history

History

Ctrl / Cmd + Shift + H

Goes to the Revision History panel

Panel / Preview

Ctrl / Cmd + P

Switch between the panel and preview view

Mobile Editing

Ctrl / Cmd + Shift + M

Switch between desktop, tablet and mobile views

Template Library

Ctrl / Cmd + Shift + L

Opens up our Template Library modal

Your Turn

What are your thoughts regarding this feature? Do you think it will affect how you design in Elementor?

We are moving forward fast, with brand new and ground breaking features. We'd love to hear feedback from you users, to let us know how you find our latest releases.

I'd also love it if you would take a minute to try out the new redo / undo feature. Open a new page, make some changes, and then click on undo. I'm sure you will find it helpful.

History gives you the freedom to experiment while designing in Elementor, never having a reservation about trying something new.

Get Elementor for free, now with history. Trust me - once you try Elementor, you will never Ctrl Z back.

About the Author

Ben Pines

Ben Pines is Elementor's CMO. He has been in the online marketing industry for over 10 years, specializing in content marketing. WordPress has been Ben's platform of choice since the time when it was only used to blog.

37 Responses

  1. Woohaaa Thats crazy, Kol HaKavod
    Waiting for some kind of rethinking of Template Library modal. Its just not working right i don’t know why.
    We need something like, Section library other then full template one and more easy way and intuitive way to drag sections to a page. Something is not quit right there with template library thats for sure

  2. This is great news. It’d be also very good if we could copy the styles of a module, like colors, fonts, margins, effects etc and paste on others using hotkeys. It’d save us so much time when the client asks for a color change for example. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  3. Oh man you guys/gals never cease to amaze me! You really listen to your base, always improving in order of popularity, and working your way down non stop. It really is refreshing the love you pour into Elementor on a daily basis. Thank you!

  4. Was really hoping you could undo specific actions instead of everything being linked together. (i.e. Undoing a header text change that I worked on before working on “section abc” means I’d have to undo all my work on “section abc” too)

    And I’ll second the request for a “Sections Library”.

    Impressed with Elementor’s continued improvements. Hope you’ll consider these requests too!

  5. Awesome. The updates keep coming and it keep getting better and better. So happy to have found this software after experiencing so many other visual page builder that are lacking in features.

  6. You guys deserve every bit of success! Love the way you keep adding REAL features and functions and not just window dressing.

  7. Love it, thankyou so much.
    One annoying problem I’m having, though… The blue box with Remove/Duplicate/Edit Widget disappears as the cursor moves towards it, for all widgets positioned in the far right column. The only way I can edit/delete/duplicate it is to move it to another column first.
    I’m an Elementor fan, otherwise!

  8. A would love an additional feature. Looping animations. You have entrance animations now, but I would like elements to move back and forth continuously with an ease effect.

    Maybe we could do this with any element we choose?

  9. I used to thought that “revision” feature is not the feature that I really wanted, because I wanted an undo and redo.

    And now you decided to make my dreams come true!

    This is indeed an excellent addition for elementor Ben, thanks a lot.

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