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The latest change in Google’s Chrome browser is infuriating, but we’ll show you how to undo it

Published Aug 23rd, 2016 5:35PM EDT
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Google’s Chrome web browser is a resource hog. Because of that, it’s also often a battery hog. It doesn’t have a few of the cool new features rival browsers have such as built-in free VPN, and it doesn’t look quite as sleek as other options out there like Safari. But Chrome is lightning-fast and its user interface is slick and minimalistic. It also offers fantastic tie-ins with other Google services and a catalog of third-party extensions that no other browser can touch. Those are just some of the reasons it’s the most popular web browser in the world, and why I have no plans to switch away from it despite the fact that one of Google’s changes in the latest Chrome update is driving me insane.

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According to Google, 0.04% of page views served up by its Chrome web browser come as a result of users hitting the backspace key to go back one page. That number seems minuscule but if you stop to consider how many pages Chrome serves up, that number is much bigger than you might have thought. If you search around social networks like Facebook and Twitter, or around tech forums, you’ll see that users have been outraged ever since Google eliminated the backspace-to-go-back feature in its latest major update, Chrome 52.

But don’t worry, undoing the damage is beyond easy.

Google initially downplayed how widely the backspace key is used to go back a page, but the company saw the user outcry and was quick to respond. No, it didn’t add the functionality back to Chrome, but it did do the next best thing: Google released an official Chrome extension that re-maps the backspace key to its old function.

Google’s “Go Back With Backspace” extension is completely free and available for download in the Chrome Web Store.

Zach Epstein
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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.