Google restores backspace functionality to Chrome

It may seem logical that when browsing, backspace key would work to take you back to previous web page. However that isn’t with Google Chrome. Although this was previously in the browser Google remove it.

The company has seen light now however. bring feature back, although it isn’t changing browser’s default behavior.

If you don’t want to go to effort of moving your mouse pointer to the back arrow at the left of address bar to go back to the previous site, you can now install the new Go Back With Backspace addon.

official description reads “Go back with backspace button! This extension re-enables the backspace key as a back navigation button except if you’re writing “.

reason given for all of this, according to Google, is “Many people lost their progress while working online by accidentally pressing backspace – leaving a page so we removed the feature from Chrome – created this extension for those who prefer the old behavior”.

Bear in mind that this extension will be loaded with each tab, so there is some weight added to the browser. Maybe only install it if you really miss the old functionality.


You can download Go Back With Backspace from here.

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