Last Tab Back

Last Tab Back

Use the back key to close the tab if there are no pages to go back to. When it closes, go to the tab that created it.

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What is Last Tab Back?
'Last Tab Back' is a Chrome extension that enhances web surfing by tailoring tab and 'back' key interaction. The extension allows the Backspace key to close tabs if there are no pages to go back to, redirecting you to the originating tab. This ensures a smooth and intuitive browsing journey regardless of the tabs opened and pages viewed. With the ability to customize keys and modified tab behavior, 'Last Tab Back' is the perfect tool for efficient web navigation.
By: oowildcat
Users: 776 ▼ -15
Rating: 2.80 (20)
Version: (Last updated: 2020-04-16)
Creation date: 2020-04-13
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Very low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
  • tabs
  • webNavigation
  • http://*/*
  • https://*/*
Size: 94.13K
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This extension allows using the back key to go back to where you came from if it would normally have no pages to go back to.

To try it, open a new tab from a link, and then press the backspace key (note: this will not work within the web store; and if a form field is selected you need to tab out of it. It also obviously cannot work when Adobe Flash (or another plugin) is focused, as this captures key presses).

-- Tip: if you use a keyboard key or mouse button that does not appear to work in Last Tab Back, you can set up a custom key in the options page. Click on the box and try your key. If this still doesn't work, you might be able to set up a custom key in the keyboard or mouse software (possibly only for Chrome) and then try setting the custom key again in the options page. --

Pressing backspace / a custom key / clicking the LastTabBack button will go back as usual, until there are no such pages. Then it will close the tab and go back to the tab that opened this one.

This allows you to open new tabs and then go back where you came from without having to remember whether it was a new tab or a normal click to navigate - pressing backspace will take you back to the results either way.

You can also press Ctrl+Backspace to just go back to the tab that opened this one without closing the current tab, if you wish to leave this page to view later.

The extension also modifies the usual tab behavior to go back to the tab that opened this one when you close a tab.


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  • Provides a special back button
  • Allows for custom button settings
  • Works as advertised
  • Does not work with mouse back buttons
  • Limited functionality for closing tabs
  • May conflict with other extensions
Most mentioned
  • Does not work with mouse back buttons
  • Limited functionality for closing tabs
Recent reviews
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Doesnt work with MacBook Pro swipe.
by Charlie Eastwood Charlie Eastwood, 2023-08-14

doesn't work anymore
by Josh Kinnison Josh Kinnison, 2018-07-12
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Risk impact

Last Tab Back 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 Last Tab Back if you trust the publisher.

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