Go Back With Backspace

Go Back With Backspace

Re-enables the backspace key as a back navigation button (except when writing text).

Go Back With Backspace
What is Go Back With Backspace?
"Go Back With Backspace" is a handy Chrome extension designed to restore the backspace key's function as a back navigation button. It revives this function, which was removed in Chrome 52, bringing convenience for users who were accustomed to the old setup. Note that backspace navigation is disabled when the user is writing text. However, backspace restoration cannot be done on special Chrome pages, such as Settings or Extensions. Please note that by installing this extension, you agree to Google's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. The extension's source code is accessible for viewing."
Users: 300,000+
Rating: 3.14 (1,346)
Version: 3.0 (Last updated: 2023-11-21)
Creation date: 2017-09-14
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Very low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 3
  • management
  • scripting
  • storage
  • tabs
Host permissions:
  • <all_urls>
Size: 22.41K
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Go back with the backspace button! This extension re-enables the backspace key as a back navigation button -- except if you're writing text.

What's New in 3.0:

  • Updated to Manifest V3.

Before Chrome 52, the backspace key navigated back (if you weren't writing text). Many people lost their progress while working online by accidentally pressing backspace and leaving a page -- so we removed the feature from Chrome, and created this extension for those who prefer the old behavior.

This extension can't restore backspace on certain special pages, for example any of the "chrome://" pages such as Settings or Extensions.

About the requested permissions:

"Read and modify all your data": In order to capture backspace on every page, the extension needs to install a little piece of code on each one. It does nothing else with the page, its information, or your typing.

"Manage your apps, extensions, and themes": This lets the extension detect when it has been re-enabled and install its code into tabs that are already open then.

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User reviews
User reviews summary
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  • Restores functionality removed from Chrome
  • Useful options to tailor the experience
  • Convenient for keyboard-only use
  • Works seamlessly
  • Unnecessary as it should be a built-in feature
  • Causes issues on specific websites (e.g. MSN.com)
  • Slows down or affects CPU performance for some users
Most mentioned
  • Should be a setting or option instead of an extension
  • Works perfectly and is loved by users
  • Frustration and disappointment with Google for removing this functionality
  • Issues with the extension causing slowdown or CPU usage
Recent reviews
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by Abner Wirtz Abner Wirtz, 2024-06-08

Has worked flawlessly for years. Obviously, this should be incorporated by default and a toggleable option in settings, instead of an extension.
by Diogo Miguel Cunha Diogo Miguel Cunha, 2022-03-16

와 속시원합니다
by hana Leem hana Leem, 2021-05-30
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Risk impact

Go Back With Backspace is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install Go Back With Backspace if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

Go Back With Backspace has earned a good reputation and can be trusted.

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