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Some people seem to want to be able to have the delete key on a Mac behave as a backspace key and go back when navigating web pages (ie, this question here). As I commented there, I believe that this behavior on a Mac would be a bug, since the command-left arrow combination already lets the user go back. Furthermore, since Chrome doesn't save form information, going back is actually a serious hassle, because I'll lose all of my entered information with one errant keystroke.

So how can I turn this behavior off in Chrome on the Mac?

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Hmm, I wonder if this can be accomplished (properly) with an extension. I suspect that it should be possible, but would not be something that could just be thrown together in a few minutes. I might give it a shot some time… –  Synetech Oct 1 '12 at 1:30
    
Check out this SO QA where they used the .js to prevent it may be this is what are you looking for. –  avirk Oct 3 '12 at 16:43
    
This ticket advocates that the behavior be changed in Chromium. The problem is that there are many loud people who are on the "I want it to be a shortcut" side of the debate. –  brentonstrine Oct 26 '12 at 22:33
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Chrome doesn't have keyboard shortcut remapping functionality, but you can install a free extension to do so (Shortcut Manager). After installing the extension, click the All shortcuts list radio option to reveal all the in-use shortcuts, clicking the small pencil where edits are required.

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Unfortunately, this extension completely replaces backspace, disabling not only "go back", but "delete text in text field" functionality too. –  Oleg V. Volkov Aug 11 '12 at 14:08
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In the question you linked to, I found one answer that looks good, that perhaps you could explain why it doesn't work for you :

The extension BackspaceMeansBackspace :
Prevents the Backspace key from triggering the browser Back action, but backspace still works.

Another extension (not found in that article) that you might try out is BackStop.

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Thanks for your response. Here is why I think it's not a good solution: - It's not safe: the extension is not on the Chrome Web Store, its auto-update URL points to a currently-disabled web site. - It may not work; some commenters on the site you linked to said it doesn't work for https or Mac machines. If there are no other ideas I may repackage this extension and see whether it works but I was kind of hoping for something a little more out of the box. –  Hein Sep 30 '12 at 1:34
    
There is one in the Web Store : BackStop, but its reviews are not good. –  harrymc Oct 1 '12 at 6:17
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BackStop has been updated to version 2.0.1 on September 20, 2012. The bugs mentioned in the reviews should be fixed by now, so @Hein I think it's the best option out there. –  amiregelz Oct 4 '12 at 5:40
    
BackStop worked great for me too on Chrome Version 23.0.1271.97 for Mac OS X –  mkelley33 Dec 15 '12 at 5:44
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You can use AutoHotKey for this, download it and install it on your system. It is a script programming software after installing it use the following script:

#IfWinActive, ahk_class Chrome_WidgetWin_1
BackSpace::Send, {Left}{Delete}

Copy and paste it on notepad and then save it using .ahk extension and when you double click on it, it will launch in the system tray with a green icon. Now when you launch the Chrome and press the Backsapce key outside any text-area it will not redirect you back but works default in when you will type anything in Omnibox or text-field.

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Only he's looking for a Mac solution :/ –  m4573r Oct 5 '12 at 14:19
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@m4573r well that is OP who wants it but don't know if the user who put the bounty for it also need it only for Mac. –  avirk Oct 5 '12 at 14:21
    
Oh, right, didn't think of that :) –  m4573r Oct 5 '12 at 14:29
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