Mile Wide Back

Mile Wide Back

Quickly navigate back in the browser history by clicking on the left border of the window, navigate forward by right-clicking on it, middle-click on the left border to close the current tab, and rotate the mouse-wheel to cycle through your tabs.

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What is Mile Wide Back?

Mile Wide Back is a Firefox add-on by em_te. This add-on has 98 daily active users and a good user rating of 4.58. The latest version, 0.3, was updated 2 years ago.

Stats date:
By: em_te
Users: 98 ▲ 3
Rating: 4.58 (12)
Version: 0.3 (Last updated: 2021-06-01)
Creation date: 2017-07-20
Weekly download count: 2
Firefox on Android: No
Manifest version: 2
  • <all_urls>
  • storage
Size: 26.61K
URLs: Website
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
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Not available on Edge
Turns the left edge of your browser window into a multi-purpose button for controlling your browser and navigating your tabs.

  • Left click to navigate back
  • Right click to navigate forward
  • Middle-click to close the current tab
  • Left click and right click simultaneously to open a new blank tab
  • Rotate the mouse wheel to cycle through your tabs
Using Fitts Law, you can fling your wrist to the left of the screen without accuracy or coordination to reach the multi-purpose button. You could even do this blind-folded. Your window needs to be maximized to work. Unlike typical mouse gestures extension, this extension is more intuitive and faster to operate because it only requires one click. It does not require coordination between 2 fingers and it does not require the drag and drop gesture which requires 2 actions to be performed at the same time. Permission Disclosure: This extension asks for permission to "access your data from all websites" because it needs to be able to read when the mouse clicks on the left edge on the current webpage. Fitts Law:
Risk impact

Mile Wide Back requires a number of risky 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 Mile Wide Back if you trust the publisher.

Risk impact measures the level of extra permissions an extension has access to. A low risk impact extension cannot do much harms, whereas a high risk impact extension can do a lot of damage like stealing your password, bypass your security settings, and access your personal data. High risk impact extensions are not necessarily malicious. However, if they do turn malicious, they can be very harmful.

Risk likelihood

Mile Wide Back has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

Risk likelihood measures the probability that a Firefox add-on may turn malicious. This is determined by the publisher and the Firefox add-on reputation on Firefox Browser Add-ons, the amount of time the Firefox add-on has been around, and other signals about the Firefox add-on. Our algorithms are not perfect, and are subject to change as we discover new ways to detect malicious extensions. We recommend that you always exercise caution when installing a Firefox add-on, especially ones with higher risk impact and/or higher risk likelihood.

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User reviews
by lycleg, 2020-05-18

Could it be possible to let user choose to open or close the wheel rotating function? Really thankful for this extention btw, very handy, great job!

Hi, thanks for fixing the mouseup issue, however since the latest version, scrolling the mouse wheel no longer cycles through tabs. I am unable to find any of the customizable preferences in about:config either.
by Firefox user 5975525, 2019-03-29
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