Google set to remove the most annoying feature from Chrome web browser

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Any Google Chrome user who has filled out a form online may be familiar with the frustration caused by accidentally hitting the backspace key and the browser kindly taking you back a page so you lose all your information.

Luckily it appears that Google has recognised these frustrations and looks set to remove the feature with tech giant currently testing a version of Chrome that does not include the backspace navigation shortcut.

According to The Verge tech site, “the news comes from a Chromium Code Reviews page, which claims 0.04 percent of page views in Chrome come from a backspace navigation, and 0.005 percent of those views come after a form interaction. Because of this, those 0.005 percent of views are likely unintentional. Command-Left or Alt-Left will also bring users back a page in Chrome, but it really takes two hands to do, which means even the clumsiest of typers is unlikely to do it accidentally.”

It has been suggested that Google many simply offer a pop-up warning rather than remove the feature completely although this is likely to receive a muted response.

If Google decides against making any changes and continues with the backspace feature then it is possible to install one of a number of different Chrome extensions such as BackStop, Goodbye Backspace and Backstay which will all prevent the backspace button being used for navigation.

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