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Have all the PC keyboards with browser BACK keys disappeared

by ukjonnyd / September 16, 2011 10:58 PM PDT

Hi, I'm new here but have been using PCs since they first came out. I've for years been using keyboards, generally the mid-priced ones from Logitech, and have got entirely used to ones having a key to perform the "back" function when I'm browsing. For a while I've been using the Logitech one of part no. Y-SAE71 which has media keys as well as ones to call up "back", email, home and the calculator. All very useful. Now the keyboard has gone defunct and I find I can't locate one from the Logitech or Microsoft line-ups that match this functionality. The back key is by far the one I need the most. Another feature of ALL the manufacturers information I have read on their web pages and on ones such as DABSs, is that the key makeup is never fully described and the pictures of the keyboards are too small to make out what it is. As a result I have just bought another Logitech keyboard that does not have my dearly loved back key. (Oh come back back key, all is forgiven).
Has there been some surreptitious drive to rid the world of this key, or has it been pushed to solely the overpriced gaming keyboards? While I'm at it, I also prefer wired boards so that I don't get battery problems when I least want them.
Any help much appreciated.

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It's still there.
by RyanH324 / September 24, 2011 7:08 AM PDT

All keyboards technically have this key, it's just now you have to use the backspace key to use this function.

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thanks folks
by ukjonnyd / September 24, 2011 7:41 PM PDT
In reply to: It's still there.

Thanks for pointing me to the backspace key. I have to observe that the ergonomics of using it are truly awful though, compared to a key at an extremety of the keyboard (the key I am used to using is on the extreme lhs of the keybord, making a sequence of mouse-driven go-forward followed by a key-driven go-back very easy and fast. e.g. browsing eBay......

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I'm going with yup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2011 4:18 AM PDT

I think the makers figured out we didn't need them. Many browsers go back with either the backspace key or another key, combo we set.

Look at the Apple computer keyboards. Even less keys.

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I Learn something every day
by volvogirl / September 24, 2011 9:48 AM PDT
In reply to: I'm going with yup.

That's why I read the forums. Thanks, I have IE7 and backspace works! I'll use it! What else you got?

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One my kid taught me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 24, 2011 10:04 AM PDT

I don't need to move the mouse to the red X to close. Double clicking on the top left corner closes the app too.

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