In newer versions the back button stopped working as expected. What is the new shortcut for going back. Specially in Mac

  • Edit your question and indicate what version of Chrome you are using.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Nov 7, 2017 at 17:01

4 Answers 4


its Command + Left-Arrow

Also, check out


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    Your answer is correct, but the link is not helpful for macs. It says "Press Backspace, or Alt and the left arrow together." and Alt + Left Arrow doesn't do anything on OSX. Commented Aug 6, 2018 at 20:46
  • Agreed that this is correct, but does not work if inside a form, or content like a PDF is loaded in the active window. Commented Mar 17, 2019 at 19:50
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    Is this still accurate in 2020? I'm on macOS 10.15.3 and Google Chrome 80.0.3987.85 and I think that this shortcut has change very recently. It now shows ⌘ + [ in the history menu.
    – Liam
    Commented Feb 5, 2020 at 20:54
  • It's a travesty how hard it is to find simple information like this in public docs Commented Nov 26, 2022 at 16:57
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    @Timo This History menu
    – Liam
    Commented Jan 9 at 16:30

As of 2020:

  • Back: + [
  • Forward: + ]
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    which is a pretty shitty combination ergonomics-wise if you happen to be on a Scandic keyboard .... like Left Command + right option + 8 or 9 ... Commented Apr 19, 2020 at 8:29

Google has a support page listing out all of the shortcut keys for Windows and Mac OS



As of 2023, the current working shortcuts are still:

Back: + Left Arrow and + [

Forward: + Right Arrow and + ]

The primary shortcut (i.e. the one listed in History >> Back) is the one with the + [.

If for some reason + Left/Right Arrow stops working and you see text cursors in places you wouldn't normally expect, you've probably enabled Navigate Text with a cursor:

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You can disable this setting by going to chrome://settings >> Accessibility or hitting F7, and then your + Left/Right will be back to working again.

For a list of all Mac shortcuts Google's support page.

The description of the Accessibility setting and text cursor

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    That explains the weirdness I was seeing and provides 2 solutions. Very nice, thank you! Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 9:28

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