How can I assign a keyboard shortcut to the “Back” button in Windows Explorer and different web browsers?

Joseph Videtto December 12, 2012

I find myself navigating large directories constantly, and every time I want to go back, I have to move the mouse really far! (Sounds lazy, maybe – but laziness is not the issue here, speed is : )

I’d like to be able to do this on all platforms – Windows XP and WIn 7, and several browsers (Firefox and Chrome on both Windows and iPad)

  1. Saransh KApoor
    December 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Hey dude you can use backspace for that purpose ...its too easy for more tricks check my website

  2. luis donis
    December 16, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Backspace works perfect and without complicated

  3. Roomy Naqvy
    December 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    The backspace is there for this use. What kind of large directories do you navigate online? I always open 10-15 tabs in my browser and dont face any problems

  4. Arun Vishnu
    December 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

    backspace may be set default

  5. Ashwin Ramesh
    December 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Please click on "Resolved" if you are satisfied with our replies.

    • Ashwin Ramesh
      December 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      And if you feel that your question has been completely answered.

  6. Amit Sinha
    December 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    With backspace you can navigate back to any page in any web browser but for the shortcuts of opening any web browser is not possible the only option for web browser is that some Microsoft keyboards have home button which opens only default browser

  7. Abba Jee
    December 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    why you don't use Backspace key?

  8. Nilesh Rathi
    December 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Backspace key already supports this function.

  9. Amichai Rotman
    December 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    As far as I know, the default key combination for "Back" is:

    Windows Explorer (all versions) = backspace

    Web Browsers (most of them) = Shift+Left Arrow

    You can always check the Keyboard setting in the Control Panel and in the respective individual program's Preferences / Options menu....

  10. Vishal Srivastava
    December 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Solution on Chrome- ALT+Back arrow does the job. Here is the complete list of Chrome Shortcuts-

  11. ha14
    December 12, 2012 at 9:53 am

    some mouse have back key

    • Alan Wade
      December 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Yep, mine does! :)

  12. Ishan Gunawardana
    December 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Why do u have to assign a key for that when u hve a big backspace key on ur keybord huh.???

  13. Ahmed Musani
    December 12, 2012 at 7:41 am

    if you are using a laptop and if it supports gestures then you can use it.
    else the backspace is the best solution.

  14. Eath Chantrea
    December 12, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Yes backspace is default key shortcut for back.

  15. prashanth singh rathore
    December 12, 2012 at 5:49 am

    hey Joseph you don't need to assign any shortcut key for going back since it is already an shortcut key is alligned for going backward and forward
    just use Alt + Left Arrow key to go backward and use Alt + Right Arrow to go to forward .........!! :) :D

  16. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    December 12, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Use backspace. If you want to set global hotkeys for other functions try AutoHotkey (it might be too much for some, though)

  17. Fawad Mirzad
    December 12, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Backspace button is already available.

  18. Junil Maharjan
    December 12, 2012 at 4:41 am

    backspace works as back button. if you want to create shortcuts then there are tools in windows to do that.

  19. Deimarr Callender
    December 12, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Backspace FTW

  20. josemon maliakal
    December 12, 2012 at 3:51 am

    yup I join with need of extra

  21. Jim Chambers
    December 12, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Use Home key

  22. Ashwin Ramesh
    December 12, 2012 at 2:59 am

    I think the Backspace on your keyboard is already built for such things :)

    • Douglas Mutay
      December 12, 2012 at 8:29 am


    • Naval Gupta
      December 12, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Agreed. Unless you want to perform something other than back.

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