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Google ditched the ability to use the backspace key as a shortcut for the return function

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Written by Kamil Arli

According to the Express.co Google Chrome users can now bring back the most frustrating feature in the hugely-successful web browser.  Google ditched the ability to use the backspace key as a shortcut for the return function.

Google Chrome users now have the ability to bring back the web browser’s most annoying feature.

Last summer, Google finally ditched the ability to use the backspace key as a shortcut for the return function.

The decision to drop the infamous keyboard shortcut was made after years of complaints from users who accidentally lost data when filling out online forms and hit the backspace without a text field selected.

Rather than delete the text in the form, as they clearly intended to do, Chrome would throw users back to the previous webpage – as if you had hit the back arrow – and clearing any data previously entered into the form.

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The change arrived with Google Chrome version 52.

Data loss is harder to deal with than a change in habits.

Posting in an online forum at the time, one Google employee admitted: “While I appreciate it’s a change in habits for many people, data loss is harder to deal with than a change in habits.

“If it can be solved easily with a flag or an extension, I hope that we keep this change as default behaviour.”

And now, there is a Google Chrome extension that will re-enable the feature.

Those who miss the ability to hit the backspace key to go back a webpage can restore the functionality with a browser add-on.

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Thankfully, everyone else can continue to use Chrome without fear of accidentally skipping back a page.

Google rolled-out the free Chrome extension to the application’s WebStore earlier this week.

Users can download the add-on, which is helpfully called Go Back With Backspace, from the Chrome Store.

Google has returned the ability to use backspace as a shortcut – albeit with a new extensionGOOGLE

Google has returned the ability to use backspace as a shortcut – albeit with a new extension

Once the extension is installed, the backspace keyboard key will once again navigate back to the previous webpage.

Thankfully, Google has added the ability to drill-down and disable the backspace button on specific site or pages.

If you’re worried about accidentally hitting the key – click on the extension icon in Google Chrome and then tap the option labelled Disable On This Page.

Clicking the small gear icon will show more settings associated with the Go Back With Backspace extension.

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 The backspace button is disabled for java and flash applets

One of the options allows you to list all of the websites where you wish to disable the functionality.

By default, the backspace button is disabled for java and flash applets, PDFs, and various chat tools.

The news comes as Google Chrome users discovered that the web browser has a hidden, tongue-in-cheek message for web browser users who watch too much porn.

Google included the cheeky wink to people who use Incognito Mode, which allows users to browse the web without the Google Chrome saving your web history or form data.

The world’s most popular web browser has a number of hidden features – including an incredibly addictive video game.

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