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I tried out Firefox, and quite liked it. However, there was one thing that was really bugging me out: The "backspace" key won't let you go back one page in your history -- a pretty standard key configuration (the Windows version of Firefox does this, and so do other mac browsers). During a slow day at work, I found something to fix that problem; a plugin called keyconfig available at the Mozdev extension site.

After installing and restarting Firefox, you can access the plugin via Tools -> keyconfig. Find the entry for "back," click on it, select the data entry field and hit "backspace." The change will take effect in new windows, so you need to close the active window and open up a new one.
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Use backspace to go back in Firefox
Authored by: notverypc on Jan 13, '05 10:45:29AM

Thanks for the link. This will be very handy!! :)



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Use backspace to go back in Firefox
Authored by: osxfan57 on Jan 13, '05 07:26:25PM

While it does work as billed, it also has the unintended consequence, at least on my setup, of disabling the left side mouse button "back" function. (Have a MS Intellimouse with side buttons for navigating back and forward.) I had to restore "back" to the default cmd-left arrow before my left side mouse button regained this functionality.
Is there a way to enable the backspace (i.e., delete) key in OSX for the "back" function while retaining the same for the mouse side button?

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Use backspace to go back in Firefox
Authored by: runelind on Jan 13, '05 10:52:07AM

I go back in firefox by using the "back" key on my logitech mouse, however when you have a quicktime movie playing, this will make the video start to play backwards! :(



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Use backspace to go back in Firefox
Authored by: cyranomn on Jan 13, '05 12:07:53PM

The first time I tried this, the changes didn't stick. So I quit & restarted Firefox and tried configuring it again, and that time it worked. YMMV.



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Use backspace to go back in Firefox
Authored by: john1620b on Jan 13, '05 12:42:23PM

This is exactly what I have been looking for! Apparently I couldn't find it, though, so I'm glad you did. Thanks



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Have a wheel?
Authored by: MattHaffner on Jan 13, '05 02:25:34PM

You can also go forewords/back by holding shift down and using your mouse wheel.

This of course, conflicts with the standard function of left/right scrolling in OS X and causes some havoc when using uControl function-scrolling on my PB trackpad. But, there you go...



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Use backspace to go back in Firefox
Authored by: lestmak on Jan 13, '05 02:27:40PM

I actually <b>hate</b> the backspace function. An alternative for me is Cmd-left arrow and Cmd-right arrow for navigating forwards and backwards (works in all browsers), and for those who have to use Windows at work, it's ctrl instead of cmd



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Use backspace to go back in Firefox
Authored by: transmutor on Jan 13, '05 02:37:46PM

I don't use cmd left/right because it is also the 'sacred' shortcut for beginning/end of line in text areas.

Cmd [ and ] will go back/forward as well.



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Use backspace to go back in Firefox
Authored by: Azark on Jan 13, '05 05:57:45PM

Ever tried Cmd [ on an AZERTY keyboard?

It's cmd+option+shift+(

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Use backspace to go back in Firefox
Authored by: matsur on Jan 13, '05 04:09:34PM

Thanks for the tip. However, it doesn't seem like there is a way to remap forward and previous tab, which are by default Ctrl-Tab and Ctrl-Shift-Tab. I'd like to change these into the Safari and Adium equivilant, Cmd-Shift-Left and Cmd-Shift-Right. Has anyone figured out how to do this?



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Use backspace to go back in Firefox
Authored by: jnprasad on Jan 13, '05 04:59:57PM

you could also hold down the apple key and use the left and right arrows to do the same.



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Use backspace to go back in Firefox
Authored by: yj on Jan 14, '05 01:23:21AM
You can change your next/previous tab shortcuts by adding these lines to your prefs.js file (in your Profile folder):
user_pref("keyconfig.main.xxx_key__Next Tab", "alt meta][][VK_RIGHT][gBrowser.mTabContainer.advanceSelectedTab(1);"); user_pref("keyconfig.main.xxx_key__Previous Tab", "alt meta][][VK_LEFT][gBrowser.mTabContainer.advanceSelectedTab(-1);");
Change "alt meta" to "alt shift" to emulate Safari shortcuts. Personally, I prefer cmd-option-left and right (doesn't override the "select to front/back of line" shortcut in text fields).

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Mouse Gestures?
Authored by: castellan on Jan 13, '05 07:14:22PM

Since you're using Firefox, why not use the Mouse Gestures plugin? It's a simple right-click (or shift-left-click, or however you want to configure it) with a right-to-left movement for backtracking. Left-to-right movement for forward tracking.

With Rocker Gestures, you can get the same effect on a two-button mouse by right-click-left-clicking or left-click-right-clicking, respectively.



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Mouse Gestures?
Authored by: da5idonimac on Jan 14, '05 04:33:47AM

actually, i have mouse gestures installed. the problem is, that i have become so used to the backspace functionality that not having it was really disturbing me.



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Use backspace to go back in Firefox
Authored by: Eyedea on Jan 14, '05 08:59:08AM

I just wish that Middle-Click worked to open links in new tab....its easily the most annoying feature that exists in the Windows world but not the Mac world for me.

I'll click the back button all day if I could only just middle-click.



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Use backspace to go back in Firefox
Authored by: JonB on Jan 16, '05 07:46:31PM

I always used command and square bracket keys ('[' and ']') as shortcuts to back and forward in Mac IE (these are indicated as shortcuts in the 'Go' menu). I've recently switched to Firefox :) and these shortcuts still work. I had no ideas there were other different 'standard' shortcuts to the same function. This probably explains why there are no shortcuts to back and forward indicated in Firefox's 'Go' menu, so as not to confuse anyone(?!). I find it odd that backspace is a standard shortcut for 'back', as that surely means you can't use it to go back when using web form elements or the URL bar? And what is the corresponding shortcut for 'forward'?



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Use backspace to go back in Firefox
Authored by: Zener on Jul 02, '07 04:54:52PM

Actually, you don't need key-config to get backspace to go back one page in your history or not to. Open firefox and type 'about:config' into the address bar and press enter. In the search field type backspace, if you haven't done anything in firefox's config file (prefs.js) there should be a single integer value displayed. Right click and select Modify. Setting the value to 0 will set backspace to go back in your history 1 page. Setting it to 1 will cause the browser to scroll upwards when backspace is pressed. Setting it to any other value will cause the backspace will do nothing.



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