Backspace goes back a page in IE (option to disable back button navigation)

Confirmed Issue #638996

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Created
Jul 22, 2014
Privacy
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Reported by 7 people

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Repro Steps:

Deselect a text field by switching to a new window or clicking a checkbox, then hit backspace

Expected Results:

Backspace deletes characters in a leftward motion, one at a time, not entire blog posts! Nor should it send the browser back a few pages.

Actual Results:

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    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Assigned To to “Rico M.”

      Changed Assigned To from “Rico M.” to “Ben P.”

      Changed Status to “Confirmed”

      Changed Title from “Feature Request | Surface: [IE 11] Backspace goes back a page in IE (option to disable back button navigation)” to “Backspace goes back a page in IE (option to disable back button navigation)”

      Changed Title from “Backspace goes back a page in IE (option to disable back button navigation)” to “Backspace goes back a page in IE (option to disable back button navigation)”

      Changed Assigned To from “Ben P.” to “IE F.”

      Changed Status from “Confirmed” to “Confirmed”

    • Agreed, with the changes to Chrome that disallow this, it seems more than type to provide this as a option.

    • This antifeature is outmoded and unhelpful to most. Please provide an option to disable the backspace navigation. Or, better yet, disable it and provide an advanced option to re-enable it.

    • This is the worst possible behavior to have bound to a key used A LOT in typing. I managed to back out of this comment once already by accident because of it. It happens at least once a day to me. This needs to stop. Bind it to a key combo like alt + left arrow so it can’t accidentally affect my work. Stop the madness.

    • Late 2017 and still not even a mention of considering it as a feature you can disable. This feature is horrifically annoying when you have to develop an application with “Read only” textboxes or textareas. If the user has even the slightest impression that they can edit the field, or if they misplace the cursor on that field, they will go back if they try to press backspace. It makes it absolutely necessary to restyle the controls. Once again, you’re letting Chrome outperform you.

    • I just lost 15 minutes worth of typing a web form, thanks to this useless navigation feature. Please remove it. Backspace is to delete a character, not to go back. We have alt-left for that. A feature is a time-saver. A bug is a time-waster. This historical feature has become a bug now.

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