How To Re-Enable "Backspace" Button To Go Back In Google Chrome?

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Get Backspace button back in Chrome

If you are one of those people who miss the backspace key functionality, cheer up as a Chrome extension released by Google.com promises to fix the problem once and forever. The extension called “Go back with space” has been garnering much attention lately to let Chrome users get back the previous functionality.

Go back with space is an extension for Chrome browser, released by Google.com, letting users go back a page by pressing the backspace key.

The description says “Many people lost their progress while working online by accidentally pressing backspace and leaving a page,” and further added “So we removed the feature from Chrome and created this extension for those who prefer the old behavior”.

It seems fair enough as this extension will allow Google Chrome browsers to retain the old behavior while those who didn’t like it can move on. A brief history on the “backspace to go back” reveals that the feature didn’t exist in the earlier web browsers, including Netscape Navigator. However, the feature seems to have made its mark starting from Windows Explorer in 1995.

You need to head over to this link and download the Chrome extension to enable the option. Once installed, the options will start working. If you decide against the same, all you need to do is uninstall the Chrome extension, and you are done. Google has always believed that extensions are better than actually adding to the browser, and it is most likely that the company will not flag off this Chrome extension.

The bottom line is if you loved the “Go back with space” feature and wanted it back badly, here is your chance. On the contrary, if this same feature has troubled your workflow in the past, it’s just good riddance.

Get it here for your Chrome browser.

How do I customize Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts?

You can use Shortkeys, a chrome extension, to set the keyboard shortcut for the default keyboard. You can add shortcuts, add labels, and then the behavior of the keyboard shortcut. It also offers export and import features to have the same setting across devices.

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Final Thoughts

Google Chrome gives you the ability to sync all of your browser settings across all devices you use. This is a big deal because you will be able to access all relevant browser content, bookmarks, settings, and data across everything from smartphones to desktop computers.

Have you found that completing the steps above gives you more freedom on other devices? Do you back up and synch data on any other browsers?

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Log out of Chrome Remotely

Finally, it’s possible that you’ve signed into Chrome on one or more devices that you don’t have access to anymore. Luckily, you can remotely sign out of Chrome from your computer by removing access to it.

When you remove access from Chrome, that signs you out of any computer or device you’ve used, including the one you’re using now. You can allow access again next time you launch Chrome.

  1. Go to myaccount.google.com/permissions.

  2. Scroll down to the Google apps section and click Google Chrome.

  3. Select Remove access.

How to Backup Google Chrome Manually

If you don’t like the idea of having all your information be kept by Google, you can also backup the Chrome browser manually. Do note, though, that this means some Google services — like saving payment information and the like — won’t be available to you, nor will you be able to recall saved passwords.

These instructions will let you protect everything stored in Chrome, but if you only want to backup Chrome bookmarks, check out our instructions for how to export and import Chrome bookmarks.

For the first step you’ll need to find the Chrome folder on your computer. The exact location can vary depending on your operating system, but by default, the folders can be found in the following places:

  • On computers running Windows 7 and above: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  • On computers running Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  • On macOS X devices: Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default
  • On Linux machines: Linux: /home/<username>/.config/google-chrome/defaultRemember that you’ll need to replace the “<username>” parts of the paths with your own username.

Step by Step: How to Manually Backup Google Chrome

  1. Find the Chrome Folder on Your Computer

    First, you’ll have to track down your Chrome profile folder stored locally on your device.

  2. Find Hidden Folders (Windows 8 and Down)

    In Windows, your AppData or Application Data folders are hidden by default. If you can’t find these folders, open the “control panel,” select “appearance and personalization” and then “File Explorer options.”

  3. Show Hidden Files (Windows 8 and Down)

    Switch to the “view” tab and scroll down until you see the “hidden files and folders entry.” Simply tick the “show hidden files, folders and drives” box, and you’re good to go.

  4. Show Hidden Folders in Windows 10

    This approach will work on every version of Windows, from XP and up, but if you’re running Windows 10, you can accomplish the same result much quicker. Simply open any folder, click the “view” tab in the top menu and tick the box called “hidden items” inside the section called “show/hide.”

  5. Copy the Folder Into a New Location

    If you only have one user profile, you’ll find it in the folder called “default.” Simply copy this folder to your backup location — whether that’s on an external device or in the cloud — and you’ll have everything you need to restore Chrome to normal in the future.

  6. Backing Up Multiple Folders

    If you have more than one profile, it’s a little more confusing. Every profile after your first one is placed in a folder named “ProfileX” where “X” is a number that increases for each profile you create. Thus, your second profile folder (remember, your first is called “default”) will be named “Profile1,” your third will be “Profile2” and so on.

  7. Make Sure to Backup All Folders

    If you’re backing up one of these profiles and not the default one, you will still need the latter to backup your extensions. This is because extensions are shared between profiles and are only stored in the default folder. That’s why we recommend backing up the default profile and any additional profiles you may have at the same time.

Because the user profiles can store quite a lot of data, the copy might take a long time to finish. Remember to close Chrome completely beforehand, or the process will abort due to the files being in use.

Step 1: (Optional) Contact support

Open a support case to track the Chrome downgrade. It also helps us understand why you had to downgrade. We want to get you back to the latest version of Chrome as quickly as possible. Contact support by phone or via the Google Cloud Support Center (GCSC). Make sure you’re signed in to your administrator account to access your PIN and the phone number or link to GCSC. Explain why you need to downgrade Chrome to a previous version.  

How to restore back button navigation using Google Chrome extension

Google released an extension for Google Chrome which allows users to use Chrome back button to go back. You can download the extension Go Back With Backspace from the Chrome Store.

Once the extension is installed, the backspace button can be used to navigate to previous web pages. The extension also allows users to disable the backspace button on specific web pages.

On a particular web page, you can click the extension icon in Google Chrome and click Disable on this page.

Clicking the gear button will display more setting

Clicking the gear button will display more settings associated with the Go Back With Backspace extension. You can add the list of URLs in the text field for which you want to disable the backspace button.

By default, the backspace button is disabled for java and flash applets, PDFs, and various chat tools. But you can list your exceptions in the text box. Also, you can untick the checkbox to enable back button for applets.

Other notable extensions

To get Chrome backspace button working, you can also use some extensions developed by third-party developers, namely, Back to Backspace, Backspace to go back, Go back with Backspace, etc.

Final Thoughts

Although Chrome certainly isn’t perfect — especially given the privacy concerns surrounding it — its ability to quickly sync your information between devices is a huge upside to the world’s most popular web browser.

Even if you don’t want to use a Google account in order to limit what Google knows about you, backing up Chrome is still incredibly easy, requiring just a few simple steps to accomplish. 

However, all this does nothing to protect you against Chrome’s biggest flaw — privacy, or rather the lack of it — so make sure to download the best VPN for Chrome and read our anonymous browsing guide while you’re here. If you have a Chromebook, be sure to read our best VPN for Chromebooks guide, too.

What do you think of Chrome’s backup process? Do you agree that it’s quick and simple, or would you prefer a more straightforward way of backing up without using a Google account? Let us know in the comments below. Thank you for reading.

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