Remember recently you read on this blog that Google Chrome had done away with the backspace key acting as the browser’s back button – you could go to the previous webpage using the backspace key of your keyboard. This created a nuisance for many people who were often taken to the previous webpage while filling in a form and deleting something using the backspace key. It was like, there you were, entering something using an HTML form and suddenly you had to delete what you have typed and when you used the backspace key, instead of deleting the character, the action took you to the previous webpage, and then you would lose all the information that you had so far entered. It was really annoying. This is why, Google Chrome removed this feature of the backspace key and it no longer took you to the previous page.
But you cannot make everybody happy. There is a big user base who thinks that the world has come to an end after the removal of this feature. They desperately want this feature back. They DO want their browser to go to the previous webpage when they press the backspace key.
Chrome removing the ability to go back a page by pressing the backspace key has quite literally killed every child in my extended family
— Joe Skrebels (@2plus2isjoe) August 11, 2016
To make such people happy, Google has introduced an extension that will allow people to use the backspace key to go to the previous webpage but it won’t happen when you are filling in an HTML form.
Do you want to use the backspace key of your keyboard to go to the previous webpage rather than it simply acting as a key to delete everything that is on the left-hand side of the cursor? Then you need to install this extension from Google.