Chrome Will Finally Stop Going Back A Page When You Accidentally Hit Backspace

If you've ever lost a form you're filling out because the Backspace key sends you to the previous page, get ready to be happy. In the newest Canary builds of Chrome, Google has added the ability to stop using the Backspace key as a Back browser button. Photo by ElbridgeGerry.

While there are already some people -- notably programmers and the keyboard shortcut-oriented, so essentially our audience -- who are upset about the change, it's also a welcome option for those of us who have other, better options for going back one page. The change hasn't rolled out to any of the other Chrome channels, so there's still time if you don't want the change. Google is also experimenting with a flag that will let users choose to enable or disable this feature, which will probably make its way to release. In the meantime, however, those of us who have raged at their keyboards because we accidentally hit this key will have something to look forward to.

Chromium Code Reviews via Engadget


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    Accidentally? I've had times where I've intentionally hit the backspace button to delete a mistake, and the browser has taken me to another page. As soon as the ability to write text on a webpage was created, it became a dumb idea for a shortcut.

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