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This small extension adds back the Backspace-shotcuts for history.back() and history.forward() on linux since it was removed on one of the last builds.

Change Log:

* Fixed frameset bug (
* Added page action icon - needs to be activated in options (
* Made options autosave their value (wish from commentlist)

Older Versions

  1. Version 0.1
    Compatible With
    Developer Builds (Linux)

    Activates Backspace to navigation back in history object

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  2. Version 0.21
    Compatible With
    Developer Builds (Linux)

    Activate Backspace shortcuts to navigate in history object

    Change Log:

    • Added support for Shift+Backspace to move forward in history
    • Changed description to meet the new functionallity

  3. Version 0.43
    Compatible With
    Developer Builds (Linux)

    Activate Backspace shortcuts to navigate in history object

    Change Log:

  4. Version 0.46
    Compatible With
    Beta Builds
    Developer Builds (Linux)

    Activate Backspace shortcuts to navigate in history object

    Change Log:

  5. Version 0.49
    Compatible With
    Developer Builds (Linux)
    Beta Builds

    Activate Backspace shortcuts to navigate in history object

    Change Log:


  1. Trizen says:

    Is working fine! Thank you!

  2. davidboiss says:

    Well done!

  3. m-a says:

    OMG Thank you!!! The recent so called ‘bug fix’ to change the way chrome handles (or not) the backspace key was driving me crazy!

    I have to admit i have only just installed this extension and it seems to work… but i haven’t given it a full work out… so can’t say that it is definitely free of issues.

  4. Qserty says:

    Great! Thanks! Latest version (0.46) doesn’t work in GMail though…

  5. noctarius says:

    Here isn’t always the latest version of the plugin, since the main updateservice runs at Google. After installing the plugin from here just try to update it from to extension page to see if there are newer versions available.
    GMail Bug was fixed in 0.48 I guess. Just try to update 🙂

  6. Gil says:

    0.49 works great for me so far.

  7. Lars says:

    Hmm. Im pretty much a noob. How do i enable the extention? 🙂

  8. noctarius says:

    Actually directly after installation there should be the options page, if not go to the Extensions page (chrome://extensions/ in addressbar) and klick on options for the backspace extension. In the options page activate the option “Activate Backspace for navigation in history object”. After that click on save and close the options tab.
    At least i recommen to click on “Update extensions now” (or something like that) in the extensions page I mentioned above. Since the extension uploaded here isn’t always the actual version.

  9. Arbmail says:

    Use this shortcut instead: alt (left) + arrows

  10. tankenmate says:

    I can’t install this? An alert box comes up and says that it is only available from the Chrome Web Store, but nothing is available via the Web store at the moment.. What gives?

  11. noctarius says:

    Finally a new version arrived. Sorry for the long time without an update, was quite busy.

  12. Simon says:

    It works but according to the task manager in chrome it uses 8-9Mb of memory. :S

  13. noctarius says:

    It seems that about 7-8 Megs are the base value for extensions. For me every extensions seems to need that value no matter what it does. Possibly the Process-Overhead.

  14. Blake S says:

    Works perfect. Thank you for developing this fix

  15. Name says:

    I installed it trough the incognito mode but it works only for the normal mode. I still don’t have backspace as back in the incognito mode.

  16. noctarius says:

    I guess you need to activate it in extensions dialog (pull down the information of the extension and click on something like “enable in incognito mode”).

  17. Name says:

    noctarius, I went to chrome://extensions/ , checked it and now it works fine. This is a very important feature and now finally I’m able to browse normally. Thank you a lot! 🙂

  18. fleem says:

    Are you serious! I came here in the hopes of getting _RID_ of this evil, hateful, and asinine ill-conceived attempt at a feature. Seriously the unmodified backspace key should _NEVER_ ever ever ever be used for anything _OTHER_ than right to left cursor movement w/character deletion.

    damn all of you!

  19. Josh GH says:

    THANK YOU!! It works beautifully. I could kiss you.

  20. noctarius says:

    If you think so… Everyone’s own opinion but do you need to be aggressive against all others? Some people found their civility at the gutter.

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