Alt+Left Arrow, Alt+Right Arrow: Forward and Back in Firefox and Internet Explorer

Stop what you’re doing and pull up your favorite browser. Read a couple of pages, follow a couple of links. Wait a second, what was on the previous page? Don’t bother hitting the Back button with your mouse –just press Alt+Left Arrow. Now, don’t hit the Forward button either — instead, try Alt+Right Arrow.

3 thoughts on “Alt+Left Arrow, Alt+Right Arrow: Forward and Back in Firefox and Internet Explorer”

  1. First of all, thanks for your blog, I’m learning many useful tips.

    Another alternative for this shortcut is:
    backspace for back button
    shift+backspace for forward button

    This works also in Firefox and IE.

  2. This is exactly what doesn’t work in FF3 for me, but did in FF2. Example: go to http://www.google.com and start typing “ie6 vs ie7 ” and notice the autocomplete choices below (speed, performance, javascript performance, etc.). Pick one. Now try to hit Alt+left arrow to get those choices again. Worked in FF2, not in FF3.

  3. I have a similar problem. I use IE8 and what just started happening is that to go back to a previous page I have to hold down the ALT key and double click the the left arrow. Don’t know why. Does anyone have a solution?

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