I have been using firefox 1.5 for a bit now and have been pretty happy with it. There is one very big annoyance with it, and the previous several versions of firefox: They changed the binding so that the backspace key goes back to the previous page in your history.
I found a way to disable this annoying and unwanted behavior, read on for a solution…
Apparently Internet Explorer has a default keybinding for the backspace key of going back to the previous page in your browsing history. So, firefox on windows always had this same binding. More recently, the firefox UI people decided they should make this consistent for MacOS and Linux builds as well.
Why is this so bad? The proponents suggest that it's much easier to hit backspace than alt left arrow. IE does it that way, and everyone should expect it.
Here's why I find it to be bad:
There is supposed to be a about:config entry that will let you change the behavior of this annoying anti-shortcut. However, it won't work for me. Perhaps they will fix that soon. More information about browser.backspace_action at mozillazine.org.
Finally tonight I noticed an extension called keyconfig that will let you remap key bindings. Install that extension, restart firefox to load it. Hit Ctrl+Shift+f12 to bring up the prefs and click on the very first entry. Remove 'Backspace' from the Back action and you will be in business.comments powered by Disqus