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Use Delete to move back a page in Safari Web Browsers
I tend to google a lot and click through a lot of links in one window. If the URL window is active and you hit the delete button, it will bring you back to the last link, this is sort of a last link snapback. I was used to hitting the back button with the mouse, but now i can just Delete away. Please note that Command-[ does this, too, but this is yet another way to move around Safari quickly.

[robg adds: I thought this had been documented here before, but I can only find a passing mention of it in the comments. The shortcut is documented in Safari, but only if you've enabled the debug menu; you can then see it (and others) on the Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts page ... or just click this link to view the page (assuming you have Safari installed in the default location).]
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Use Delete to move back a page in Safari
Authored by: yubbie2 on Jan 21, '04 11:16:45AM

personally, i find using the delete key moves me back to the previous page a LOT faster than using 'back' or 'command-['. it's especially more responsive when a page is loading, as opposed to once its already been loaded & displayed.



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Use Delete to move back a page in Safari
Authored by: Alrescha on Jan 21, '04 11:19:36AM

I also like to use delete to go back a page. It lets me leave the mouse as a placeholder on a long list.

One caveat - don't hit delete to back out of the Bookmarks page. You'll just delete a bookmark.

A.



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Use Delete to move back a page in Safari
Authored by: johnq on Jan 21, '04 11:21:25AM

Delete goes back, Shift Delete goes forward.

But then, I usually only use command-left arrow for Back and command-left-arrow for Forward because it's simply too convenient to do so since I'm there already when doing page up and down.



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Use Delete to move back a page in Safari
Authored by: TvE on Jan 21, '04 12:23:32PM

You must mean CMD-rightarrow for forward :)


PS.: I just recently saw my wife's 3 year old niece use the backspace key on my Mac to navigate Safari - pretty impressive, since she is used to Windows XP and IE(!)

I did'nt have those pleasures when I was three :/



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Use Delete to move back a page in Safari
Authored by: g3cko on Jan 21, '04 01:43:39PM

works on firebird/camino/IE too :-) even on windows and linux



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Use Delete to move back a page in Safari
Authored by: NetCurl on Jan 21, '04 01:46:16PM

Delete sends Camino back one page as well, but Cmd-Delete does not go forward.

Personally, I prefer Camino. A big reason is the fact that a mouse over a link shows me where it would go if I clicked it. Is this possible in Safari?



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Use Delete to move back a page in Safari
Authored by: restiffbard on Jan 21, '04 02:16:15PM

View->Status Bar
or
command-/



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Use Delete to move back a page in Safari
Authored by: johnq on Jan 21, '04 02:37:39PM

Shucks....of course, I was wrong.

Hm, BUT, that would be cool though...a back/forward toggle in one key... :)

Like how the current Exposť keys work:

Full, quick Key stab minimizes/hides
Full, quick Key stab again unminimzies/unhides
But not as widely known/tried/used:
Keypress-and-HOLD minimizes/hides
Key RELEASE unminimzies/unhides
...one Keypress does two actions. It's subtle but powerful.

So, in my SHEER FANTASY/idea:

// not real, don't bother trying:
Press-and-hold-CMD-left-arrow: Peek At Previous Page
Release: Show "current" page, prior to peeking back.
--
Press-and-hold-CMD-right-arrow: Peeks at "Forward" Page.
Release: Show "current" page you were just at.
// end of fakeness

So it's basically PEEK Back/Forward instead of Back/Forward.

I hope I explained it well enough.



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Can You Kill This Feature, at least in Mozilla Browsers?
Authored by: Makosuke on Jan 21, '04 03:54:44PM

Anybody know of a way to turn this *off* (in Safari or better yet, Camino), for those of us who never use it?

The reason I ask is there's a maddening semi-bug in Camino that's related to this "feature".

The problem, best I can figure, only occurs when entering Japanese text into a web form of some sort. Delete (obviously) should just delete the previous character.

However, at some semi-random intervals (at least, I can't find any pattern) the text field seems to loose focus, at least for the purpose of detecting how to handle the delete. Hence, trying to delete a typo results in going back a page. Since the contents of the form frequenly don't re-appear when you go forward, this is incredibly frustrating.



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Use Delete to move back a page in Safari
Authored by: ubrgeek on Jan 21, '04 09:28:01PM

One thing: This doesn't work if your cursor is currently in a textbox. Tab to get it out of the textbox and then hit delete. It also seems to be somewhat eratic on framed pages.



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Use Delete to move back a page in Safari
Authored by: aranor on Jan 22, '04 12:27:35PM

Delete is EXACTLY the same thing as Cmd-[ is EXACTLY the same thing as Cmd-leftarrow is EXACTLY the same thing as the Back button. Those of you who think that Delete goes back faster, you're imagining it. Oh, and the person who complains that Delete doesn't work when in a text box? What drugs are you taking? Why would delete go back a page when you're editing text?



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Use Delete to move back a page in Safari
Authored by: ubrgeek on Jan 22, '04 06:49:10PM

Hey moron, what I meant was that "delete" wasn't the panacea people like you were making it out to be. Depending on where your focus is, it may not work. You don't have to be "editing text" - you could be tabbing through elements of the page, and have focus in a text box.



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Use Shift-Delete to move forward a page in Safari
Authored by: HyperSeeker on Jan 24, '04 11:36:37PM

shift-delete will move forward. Pretty intuitive.

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"At my signal, unleash hell" -Maximus



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Use CocoaGestures to access menu commands
Authored by: wiffbi on Jan 26, '04 01:40:41PM

Well, actually I am a keyboard-addict. But when surfing, I use my mouse. So why not using my mouse to control history-Back and Forward?

I use this nice utility called CocoaGestures, which works in any Cocoa-Application. You can activate it on a per application basis and attach a menu-Command to your own Mouse-Gesture.

So clicking Middle-Mouse-Button (this is my setting to activate MouseGestures in Safari) and moving the mouse left and release is history-back. Moving right is forward, drawing a circle is reload, moving down is close window, up is new window. It works great, i also use with Mail, etc.



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Use Delete to move back a page in Safari
Authored by: KenaiTheMacFan on Nov 18, '05 03:28:51PM

I have been using the Delete key for years.
you can also use cmd-left and cmd-right for back and forward respectively.

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Ian



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