Keyboard shortcuts are something we fall in love with, and in such cases, if our favorite shortcut is discontinued, it is evident for us to feel its absence. Something similar happened when the Chrome browser stopped allowing the users to go back to the previous page by pressing the backspace key. This update disappointed many people.
Get Backspace button back in Chrome
If you are one of those people who miss the backspace key functionality, cheer up as a Chrome extension released by Google.com promises to fix the problem once and forever. The extension called “Go back with space” has been garnering much attention lately to let Chrome users get back the previous functionality.
Go back with space is an extension for Chrome browser, released by Google.com, letting users go back a page by pressing the backspace key.
The description says “Many people lost their progress while working online by accidentally pressing backspace and leaving a page,” and further added “So we removed the feature from Chrome and created this extension for those who prefer the old behavior”.
It seems fair enough as this extension will allow Google Chrome browsers to retain the old behavior while those who didn’t like it can move on. A brief history on the “backspace to go back” reveals that the feature didn’t exist in the earlier web browsers, including Netscape Navigator. However, the feature seems to have made its mark starting from Windows Explorer in 1995.
You need to head over to this link and download the Chrome extension to enable the option. Once installed, the options will start working. If you decide against the same, all you need to do is uninstall the Chrome extension, and you are done. Google has always believed that extensions are better than actually adding to the browser, and it is most likely that the company will not flag off this Chrome extension.
The bottom line is if you loved the “Go back with space” feature and wanted it back badly, here is your chance. On the contrary, if this same feature has troubled your workflow in the past, it’s just good riddance.
Get it here for your Chrome browser.
How do I customize Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts?
You can use Shortkeys, a chrome extension, to set the keyboard shortcut for the default keyboard. You can add shortcuts, add labels, and then the behavior of the keyboard shortcut. It also offers export and import features to have the same setting across devices.