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Re-enable the backspace key to go back a page in Safari 6 Web Browsers
It seems like Apple disabled the "Press Backspace to go back a page" feature in Safari 6 due to users having complained about losing text entered in text fields when they accidentally pressed the backspace key. If you liked this feature, you can enable it again using this command:
defaults write com.apple.Safari NSUserKeyEquivalents -dict-add Back "\U232b"
If you ever want to disable it, there are two possibilities. The first, if you don't have any other shortcuts for Safari, is to run this command:
defaults delete com.apple.Safari NSUserKeyEquivalents
It will delete all Safari keyboard shortcuts.

The second method is a bit more time-consuming. You need to first create a keyboard shortcut for Safari, for the "Back" command, in the preferences. Then, if you apply the first command above, you'll be able to delete it. If you don't have a shortcut set up for the Back command before running the first command above, it won't display in the Keyboard Shortcut preferences, and you won't be able to delete it from the preference pane. It seems like using the defaults command to set up a shortcut only displays that shortcut in the preference pane if you already have a shortcut created.
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Re-enable the backspace key to go back a page in Safari 6
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Aug 03, '12 08:01:58AM

I gotta say, good riddance! We already have two keyboard shortcuts to go back, Command-[ or Command-left arrow. That's standard across all the browsers. Or you can right click and the first item at the top of the list is "Back".

I've lost so much text typed into fields because of the delete key being used for back, which didn't always behave is it should have, and went back regardless to having been typing text into a field.

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Re-enable the backspace key to go back a page in Safari 6
Authored by: mschirrmeister on Aug 06, '12 11:13:33PM

Command-[ or Command-left are not real options. This is just not efficient. You have to use 2 hands.
You surf and click with right and the left hand over the keyboard where you can switch very fast back if you hit backspace.

I don't get why some people just hit backspace to correct a typo and hope the cursor is at the right position.
You also don't just hope the curser is at the right place in a text or word processor when you want to correct something.



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Re-enable the backspace key to go back a page in Safari 6
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Aug 07, '12 09:20:52AM

You do not have to use two hands. With your right hand, place your thumb on the Command key and your index on either the [ or ] keys. You can also use one hand to access Command the arrow keys.

This is how I do it. I used to use that exclusively until I got a Logitec mouse with extra buttons. When I got my iMac it came with the wireless keyboard and mouse, so I used the Apple mouse and sttarted right clicking for Back and Forward.

Now I use the Magic Trackpad and swipe Back and Forward. That's easiest of all the options.

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Re-enable the backspace key to go back a page in Safari 6
Authored by: rottiepaws on Aug 03, '12 08:43:46AM

Backspace? I see "delete" and another "delete" key on my keyboard.

I never lost text to this thankfully, but the first time it went back a page, I didn't know what happened. I'm glad that Apple finally changed this! I don't like the unibrow search field though, I would like a way to revert to 2 fields.



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Re-enable the backspace key to go back a page in Safari 6
Authored by: Charles Jenkins on Aug 03, '12 09:32:49AM

Thank GOD they made this change. Interpreting backspace as a request to leave a page has messed me up many times when filling in forms. Getting the "Disable Backspace Key Navigation" is one of the first add-ons I download when installing Firefox. I'm glad to know that now Safari will just work better without any add-on needed.



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Re-enable the backspace key to go back a page in Safari 6
Authored by: MtnBiker on Aug 03, '12 10:12:08AM

Thanks, I miss this feature. Also agree it shouldn't be on by default.

For the person complaining because the person wrote backspace instead of delete, on a typewriter the key in that location is backspace and some of us still call it that. I do and I get blank stares from my wife when I say backspace.

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Re-enable the backspace key to go back a page in Safari 6
Authored by: zebrum on Aug 03, '12 11:32:30AM

you also need to restart safari for the delete shortcut to take effect.



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macrumors knows the score
Authored by: ra5ul on Aug 03, '12 04:37:18PM
this replaces the original "cmd-[" shortcut for Back, rendering it useless in text fields. this forum thread has the command to re-enable Backspace without changing your other keys:
defaults write com.apple.Safari com.apple.Safari.ContentPageGroupIdentifier.WebKit2BackspaceKeyNavigationEnabled -bool YES


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Re-enable the backspace key to go back a page in Safari 6
Authored by: Lri on Aug 04, '12 09:06:17AM

It also restores shift-delete for going forward. This is a much nicer option, so the original submission should probably be updated to mention it.



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Re-enable the backspace key to go back a page in Safari 6
Authored by: StrawHousePig on Aug 03, '12 08:17:00PM

What the....? The only 'back' command I've used for years is the backspace key (forward being shift-backspace). *grrr*



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Re-enable the backspace key to go back a page in Safari 6
Authored by: digitol on Aug 05, '12 03:33:53PM

The "backspace" key does not exist on mac. ;P



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Re-enable the backspace key to go back a page in Safari 6
Authored by: y2koch on Aug 06, '12 05:26:21AM

Fantastic. Recovered another lost function. Thanks! This is another case of "Progress is our most important problem."

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Re-enable the backspace key to go back a page in Safari 6
Authored by: Michael Schaffer on Sep 24, '12 03:31:43PM

Sorry to appear dense, but precisely where does one insert that oh so useful line of text to restore the delete key? Is it in the Terminal? Or right in the Safari URL window? It might be obvious to many, but not to me.

Thanks.



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