Is there a tool that will allow me to prevent specific pages from refocusing my keyboard when I load them?


I had the same problem.

Background: when Google searching, I often visit a lot of pages in the results for 3 or 4 seconds and then want to go back. Unfortunately, backspace doesn't navigate the page because a search box is focussed. Moving the trackpad up to the back button so many times is tedious on a smaller laptop.

Page Navigation Solution: Simply hitting the Tab key before Backspace leaves the box and causes backspace to navigate away from the page. Alt+LeftArrow also works on Windows systems.


Actual Userscript Solution: Pulled from here: Superuser post

// ==UserScript==
// @name           Disable auto-focussing
// @author         ComFreek <comfreek at the following domain 'outlook' with the TLD 'com'>
// @description    Disable auto-focussing
// @include *
// @version        1.0
// ==/UserScript==

var maxTime = 3000;
var timeoutInterval = 5;

var usedTime = 0;
var isManualFocus = false;
function check() {
    if (!isManualFocus && document.activeElement.tagName.toLowerCase() == "input") {
    usedTime += timeoutInterval;
    if (usedTime < maxTime) {
        window.setTimeout(check, timeoutInterval);

document.body.addEventListener("click", function (evt) {
    if (evt.target.tagName == "INPUT") {
        console.log("MANUAL CLICK");
        isManualFocus = true;

document.body.addEventListener("keydown", function (evt) {
    isManualFocus = true;

All credit goes to Comfreek

I hope this helps!

  • 1
    {Alt}-{left arrow}? Feb 6 '16 at 8:30
  • I didn't know about that one! Thanks! Let me know how the userscript goes, if it doesn't work I can try to whip up some code for a Chrome extension.. Feb 6 '16 at 9:21
  • Also consider {CTRL}+L. Feb 6 '16 at 19:57
  • Would it be possible to tailor this script to focus the address bar, in order to discern our article from the others? Feb 6 '16 at 20:15

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