How To Cancel In Photoshop

If you are not yet familiar with Adobe Photoshop, you may find yourself wanting to reverse or cancel an action while using this powerful photo editing tool. In the following blog post, we will provide you with easy-to-follow steps on how to cancel an action in Photoshop.

Undo an Action in Photoshop

If you’ve made a mistake and want to undo an action, you simply need to use the shortcut Ctrl+Z (or Command+Z on a Mac). This will immediately undo your last action. You can also go to the Edit menu and select Undo from the drop-down list.

The great thing about Photoshop is that it allows you to undo multiple actions, not just the last one. The shortcut for this is Alt+Ctrl+Z (or Option+Command+Z on a Mac).

Cancel an Ongoing Action

If an action is taking too long to complete or if you decide you don’t want to finish it, you can cancel it. Adobe Photoshop allows you to do this by simply pressing the Esc key. This stops the ongoing action and returns control back to you.

// Example of cancelling an ongoing action in Photoshop
Press 'Esc'

Cancel a Dialog Box

Perhaps you’ve opened up a dialog box and have decided you no longer need it. Simply click on the Cancel button or press Esc to close the dialog box without applying any changes.

Resetting a Dialog box

If you’ve made changes in a dialog box and want to reverse them, Photoshop provides an easy solution. Hold down the Alt key (or the Option key on a Mac), and the Cancel button will change to a Reset button. Click on it, and all changes you made in the dialog box will be reversed.

// Example of resetting a dialog box in Photoshop
Hold down 'Alt' (or 'Option' on a Mac) -> Click 'Reset'


Adobe Photoshop provides many ways to cancel or undo actions. These are just a few of the options available. Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you use these shortcuts, the faster and more efficient your Photoshop workflow will become.