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[Feature-Request]Allow back button to previous tab in Browser

asked 2019-04-22 02:26:49 +0300

Levone1 gravatar image

As it is, some links in some pages will automatically open a new tab in the browser. Not a problem, and not uncommon behavior for a browser, but there is no back button for the new page, (being the first page loaded on the new tab), so to return to the previous tab, it's a two step maneuver. Back button should be available to automatically close the current tab, and return to the previous one.

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Good idea. Safari (at least on iOS) has the same behavior.

Personally I'd rather not have links open in new pages, unless I select to do so (e.g. with context menu or middle click), but this has unfortunately become standard lately and having the back button to salvage the broken design of webpages is an OK workaround for me.

Mohjive ( 2019-04-23 02:23:14 +0300 )edit

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answered 2019-04-22 09:24:52 +0300

DaveRo gravatar image

Bad idea, IMO. Does any browser do that? This is something that should be standard across browsers.

To save one tap - to close the tab?

And if you tap 'back' in error, should 'forward' reopen the tab? If not, why not - for consistency?

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Brave does it the way the OP suggested. It's very intuitive imo.

Spark ( 2019-04-22 10:34:41 +0300 )edit

@Spark That's interesting - especially as Brendon Eich comes from Netscape/Mozilla. I don't think Chromium does - I must check.

If you keep going 'back' does it eventually end up at the origin of the origjnal tab? What about going forward - does it reopen tabs? I would have thought the extra bf caching required would be a challenge - especially on mobile.

And is it affected by whether you opted to open a link in a new tab, as opposed to the OP's example of a link that automatically does?

DaveRo ( 2019-04-22 11:03:25 +0300 )edit

@DaveRo it closes the tab you just opened and then reverses the history of the last active tab until this one also closes, and so forth. As far as I see there is no forward button however, so the question of reopening doesn't pose itself.

Spark ( 2019-04-22 11:46:47 +0300 )edit

It's definitely the norm on Android browsers that I've used, (there I go voicing my own pet-peeve, "I want it to be like Android" ... But, that's not really my point - to me it just seems much more normal).

Levone1 ( 2019-04-22 12:37:00 +0300 )edit

@Levone1 So for you it's normal, but for me it's not. I can see why you might want it.

I've used Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox for years - it's never done that. On Android I normally use Firefox - it doesn't. I just tried Chrome on Android (Android 7.1) and it doesn't either.

On Linux I just tried Chromium - it doesn't.

DaveRo ( 2019-04-22 12:54:28 +0300 )edit
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