For some, hitting backspace to go back a page when browsing the web was an efficient way of navigating; for others, it was a heartbreaking experience as they lost progress by accidentally leaving a page. Google recently got rid of this shortcut in an update to Chrome, but is now ready to make peace with those who use it to their advantage.
Google released “Go Back with Backspace,” a Chrome extension that brings back the backspace navigation functionality. Those who download it will be able to use the shortcut, leaving everyone else to manually navigate back, which should cut down on work lost accidentally.
In the extension’s blurb, Google explains, “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 behaviour.”
Go Back with Backspace is now available for Google Chrome.