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I recently switched from Windows to Ubuntu. The back buttons in the browsers (both firefox and chrome) are not working. Every time I have to right click and select 'back' option.

Is there any work around for this?

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That sounds suspicious. The backbutton in firefox and opera works for me. – user unknown Jun 7 '11 at 19:04
Are you talking about the Back button in the browser or your multimedia keyboard? – Lekensteyn Jun 7 '11 at 19:08
Like Lekensteyn asks, or the Backspace key? – JanC Jun 7 '11 at 19:41
Like Lekensteyn and JanC ask, or a special button on your mouse? – Michael Martin-Smucker Jun 7 '11 at 20:15
Like Lekensteyn and JanC and MichaelMS ask, or the button that is (or supposely should be) in the upper-left corner of the screen? – MestreLion Jun 7 '11 at 21:07
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Firefox: navigate to about:config then set browser.backspace_action to 0

Chrome: install the Backspace Shortcuts for Linux extension and setup

Source: Backspace vs Firefox & Chromium @ Falu.Me

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This didn’t work for me.

However going to about:config and changing value of browser.sessionhistory.max_entries to 100 (was 0 earlier) and restarting Firefox does the magic.

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Type about:config in the address bar in the browser.

Find browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewer

Right click & choose "Reset"

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