Backspace Enabler

Backspace Enabler

Re-enable disabled by default ability to hit the Backspace key to go back to the previous page. Backspace Enabler gets this functionality, while keeping ability to delete text while in text box. PLEASE POST FEEDBACK / REVIEW

What is Backspace Enabler?
Backspace Enabler is a handy Firefox add-on designed to restore the use of the backspace key as a shortcut to go back to the previous page in the web browser. This function was disabled in Firefox 86 by default, but with the Backspace Enabler, users can regain this shortcut, while retaining the backspace key's standard functionality in text fields. Take a moment to experience speedy browsing once again with the simplicity of a keyboard's backspace key.
Users: 1,418 ▲ 16
Rating: 4.20 (20)
Version: 1.0 (Last updated: 2022-05-27)
Creation date: 2022-05-26
Weekly download count: 31
Firefox on Android: No
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
  • activeTab
  • tabs
  • storage
Size: 48.76K
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Mozilla Firefox has long offered the ability to hit the Backspace key to go back to the previous page. However, that changes with Firefox 86 when the company has disabled the feature by default. Backspace Enabler Mozilla Add-on is used to enable the backspace key to act as a shortcut for the browser's back button. Pressing the Backspace key will go back a page in Firefox. The delete text functionality for Backspace key is retained and active while your cursor is on any text field. Please post in review any issues you experience, or just simply "It's working".

Keep in mind it will work only if you have something to go back to.

User reviews
User reviews summary
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  • Works well
  • Lightweight
  • Enables backspace navigation
  • Unreliable on certain websites
  • Indicator icon in URL bar is not optional
  • Does not work with some websites
Most mentioned
  • Works well
  • Does not work with some websites
  • Lightweight
Recent reviews
Edit: developer response puzzled me, so I searched and found that indeed the functionality this extension provides is still part of Firefox; it just needs to be enabled in about:config. Change "browser.backspace_action" value from 2 to 0 (zero). And it works! Without the icon in the URL bar or need for this extension. So I'm still puzzled by the developer's response. -- Works well. Would it be possible to remove the indicator icon in the URL bar, or to make it optional? The icon appears regardless of whether there is history to go back to or not, so it is not really serving a purpose, and really the back arrow already serves the purpose of showing whether or not there is history to go back to, so the only purpose of the icon is to show whether or not the extension is enabled. Most people are going to keep it enabled all the time, so this is basically just visual clutter. Please consider this; thank you!
by Miguel Garza, 2024-04-19

by Fred, 2024-01-20
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Risk impact

Backspace Enabler is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install Backspace Enabler if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

Backspace Enabler has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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