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In Windows when I press the backspace key it goes to the page I surfed before, why doesn't it work in Ubuntu 10.04? How to make it work?

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Reason for this is the same as in Chrome – Ward Muylaert Feb 27 '11 at 9:03
Alt + Left is the keyboard combination in Linux for "back". Backspace should be used to delete text. – Greg Feb 27 '11 at 14:24
Greg, the spacebar should insert white space, but triggers a "Page down" action as well when not in a text field. It depends on the context. That is why preferences exist, everyone can modify it to fit their needs. – Lekensteyn Feb 27 '11 at 14:36
The problem with pressing backspace and having the browser return to the previous page is that users have lost what they have spent time typing in by accidentally pressing backspace when their cursor did not have the textbox selected. This is less of a problem in Firefox these days because Firefox usually keeps a cache of what has been typed in but it is enough of a concern to disable that "feature". – Jeremy Bicha Mar 15 '11 at 20:28
up vote 13 down vote accepted

Go to the address about:config and search for browser.backspace_action. Set it to 0 for getting the same behavior as in Windows.


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