Microsoft Edge allows to go back to the previous page using Backspace Key

All of us are familiar with the Backspace Key of a computer/laptop. Backspace Key is used to go back to the previous location in File Explorer and delete the texts in a word processor. This keyboard key is handy for those who prefer to do their work with the keyboard than the mouse.

Backspace Key functions are not limited to what I have mentioned above. In Windows 10, the Microsoft Edge browser offers to go back to the previous page using Backspace Key. To enable the Backspace key to go back to the previous page in Edge, there is no need to install an add-on or make changes in Windows Registry.

All modern browsers have a dedicated button to move a page forward or backward during a browsing session. However, there is good news for those who prefer to use keyboard shortcuts. You can now configure the Microsoft Edge browser to enable Backspace Key to go back to the previous page. In similar ways, you can use the Shift+Backspace shortcut to move a page forward. A single setting in Microsoft Edge can enable both of these shortcut features.

Note: To enable the Backspace button to go back to the previous page in the Microsoft Edge browser, you need Edge version 86 and higher.

How to assign the Backspace key to go back to the previous page in Microsoft Edge?

Step 1. Launch the Edge browser.

Step 2. In a new tab, type edge://flags/ in the address bar and hit Enter from the keyboard to open the experiment window.

Step 3. Under search flags, type backspace.

 

Step 4. Click on the drop-down next to “Assigns the Backspace key to go back a page.”

Step 5. Select the Enabled option from the drop-down list.

Step 6. Now, Edge browser will prompt you to restart; click on the Restart button to do the same.

Once the above steps are completed successfully, both the shortcuts will be activated at a time. You can now use the Backspace key to go back to the previous page and move a page forward; use Shift+Backspace keys in the Edge browser.

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