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Chrome version: 13.0.782.112 m

Attempting to type the degree symbol: ° (alt-0176) anywhere in Chrome causes the browser to invoke its back or previous page function, instead of staying on the same page and inserting the symbol.

Typing the same sequence in other applications (notepad++, visual studio 2010) performs normally as one would expect.

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I can't reproduce this on my Chrome install - I get a degree symbol: °°° – jcrawfordor Aug 20 '11 at 22:31
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Turn NUM LOCK on!

I am typing Alt+0176 in Chrome: °

You can go back to a prior URL in Chrome by typing Alt+ but I don't think you can easily mistype one for the other with a normal keyboard layout Unless you have NUM-LOCK off!

If you have NUM LOCK off pressing Alt+7 is the same as Alt+Home which takes you to your home page. Then pressing Alt+6 is the same as Alt+ which takes you forward a page.

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Good Lord, it was numlock. Sigh. – Robert Kerr Aug 21 '11 at 16:37

I type:

Opt+0 (option zero) to get º.

On my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.9 Build 13C64 and Chrome Version 37.0.2062.94

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