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How To Disable Swipe To Go Back In Chrome On Touch Screens

Two-in-one laptops double as tablets. The display on a two-in-one laptop is a touch display. You can tap your screen to open links, access menus, and use a myriad of swipe gestures. Few touch screens will ever be good enough to substitute a proper tablet. Fewer still can rival the display on a Surface tablet or the Surface Studio. It might therefore seem like the touch screen on a laptop is a frivolous addition made to sell the device at a higher price. That’s not true. Once you have a touch screen, you’ll like it. The gestures alone make it great. In Chrome, you can swipe left and right to go to the previous or next page in your history. If the swipe gestures make scrolling difficult for you though, you can disable swipe to go back in Chrome.

Disable Swipe To Go Back In Chrome

Open Chrome and paste the follow in the URL bar.

chrome://flags/#overscroll-history-navigation

Open the dropdown under the ‘Overscroll history navigation ‘ flag, and select ‘Disable’ from the options. Relaunch Chrome. You will no longer be able to swipe left or right from the edge of your screen to go to the next or previous page in your history.

This will work regardless if you’re using Chrome in desktop or tablet mode. This is a setting that concerns Windows 10 users. Apple hasn’t released a Mac or MacBook with a touch screen yet so you won’t really have this problem on macOS.

Backspace To Go Back

Just a few months ago Chrome, like all other browsers let you go back to the previous page in your history by tapping the Backspace key. Unfortunately, the backspace key is also the same key we use to delete a character in a text input field. There was an obvious clash between the keyboard shortcut and often, it resulted in lost form data that a user had filled in.

To fix this clash, Chrome removed the backspace keyboard shortcut for going back. It has since been replaced with the Alt+Left arrow key shortcut. The good news is that Google also released a Chrome extension that lets you get the backspace shortcut to work again in Chrome. If you decide to disable swipe to go back in Chrome, you might want a more convenient/intuitive way to jump to the previous page. The extension is the easiest way to do it if you don’t want to use the Al+left arrow key shortcut.

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