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Google to fix annoying Chrome backspace flaw

Google is finally addressing a flaw in its Chrome browser that can see users losing everything they’ve been working on.

Chrome is the world’s most popular web browser, but it also has a couple of irritating flaws. One of those relates to its use of backspace button on your keyboard, which Google also uses as a ‘back’ shortcut.

If you’re inputting a lot of text into a form or working on a web document, this can result in losing a whole bunch of work with a simple button press.

Google is set to start rolling out a new version of Chrome that will disable this back button shortcut. It’s already made its way to some development versions of the browser.

“The reason we’re making this change is that users regularly lose data because they hit the backspace button thinking that a form field is focused. After years of this issue, we realise we’re not going to have a better way to solve that problem,” says Google.

Of course, a lot of long-time Chrome users have grown accustomed to the backspace shortcut, and have voiced their displeasure at the feature’s imminent removal.

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This perhaps explains why Google is cautiously applying the ‘fix’ for now, as it means it can restore the original functionality “should there be sufficient outcry.”

Google has also assured frustrated power users that it is working on an extension to enable them to reinstate the backspace function manually.

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What do you think of Google’s tweak? Meddlesome or welcome? Let us know in the comments.

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