Re-enables the backspace key as a back navigation button (except when writing text).
Go back with the backspace button! This extension re-enables the backspace key as a back navigation button -- except if you're writing text.
What's New in 2.1:
* The two lists of URLs in the options now accept '*' as a wildcard for the end potion of any path. For example, entering 'https://www.example.com/*' will match any HTTPS page on www.example.com (including https://www.example.com/ itself), and 'https://www.example.com/some/path/*' will match any page within that path on that site.
* The minimum Chrome version for the extension is now 55, because that's when a simpler and more robust method that it uses was added to Chrome.
Before Chrome 52, the backspace key navigated back (if you weren't writing text). Many people lost their progress while working online by accidentally pressing backspace and leaving a page -- so we removed the feature from Chrome, and created this extension for those who prefer the old behavior.
This extension can't restore backspace on certain special pages, for example any of the "chrome://" pages such as Settings or Extensions.
About the requested permissions:
"Read and modify all your data": In order to capture backspace on every page, the extension needs to install a little piece of code on each one. It does nothing else with the page, its information, or your typing.
"Manage your apps, extensions, and themes": This lets the extension detect when it has been re-enabled and install its code into tabs that are already open then.
The extension's source code can be viewed at