Firefox Will Disable the Backspace Key with Version 86 Release

Mozilla Firefox has become the world’s third most popular browser after the release of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, yet the application keeps getting more and more improvements, many of them supposed to refine the overall experience.

One of the changes Mozilla is planning in a future browser update concerns the backspace key whose current role in Firefox is to allow users to go back to the previous page.

In other words, if you want to go back to the page you’ve just visited, it’s enough to press the backspace key on the keyboard, without the need for clicking the back button in the UI.

This is an old approach that has also been used by other browsers, such as Google Chrome, but on the other hand, most of them have already abandoned this configuration for a reason that Mozilla seems to acknowledge too.

Preventing accidental presses

The Firefox maker says that while 40 million Firefox users press the backspace key every month, many of them m… (read more)

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