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Multiple BACK clicks needed to go back a page

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I've seen this problem come up regularly, and apparently without fix. I may have a site for developpers to study the symptoms more easily: TECHRADAR.COM. When I select one of the items, after getting into it, if I'm fast enough going back, Firefox works fine. If I peruse the text for a while, I need two/three BACK clicks to go back one page. Works fine with Edge, IE, and Chrome.

So I studied the "differences" between going back immedatly and waiting for a little while, the only thing which changes within the page is the little popup window immediatly under the main picture on the right hand side called:

TECH DEALS, PRIZES AND LATEST NEWS

It asks for an Email address, and underneath, there is a block saying LEARN MORE. As soon as that block as been filled, the page is somewhat "renewed", and a second, sometimes a third entry is created within the BACK history.

I assume the opération of filling the block is understood by Firefox as somesort of a new page, and an entry is created within the BACK history list, which causes the problem.

I assumed, three/four months back, that whattever TECHRADAR did renovating their site was the problem, until I searched Firefox and found out that other people had that problem on site I tried, with mitigated success/failure. The TECHRADAR Home bar contains a choice called "PRO", and this one links to the same items, but the page layout is different, and there is no problem BACK'ing.

Hope it helps, for it IS annoying!

Regards

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It looks to me that when you open an article from the main page and then scroll down to the bottom of the page, the Comments section is loaded and that creates the additional entry in the "Back" history. IOW, gotta click twice to go back to the main page.

And when an article is more than one page, it appears that the "Next Page" section is loaded separately AND the Comments is also loaded separately, making it so that there are two additional entries added to the "BACK" history.

Right-click the "BACK" button and you can see that history.

As Fred mentioned open a new window (or tab) when leaving the main page to read an article. When you're done reading an article, close that window or tab and you'll be back at the main page for that website. I prefer a new Tab, so I would middle-click a link to have the article open in a new Tab; rather than just clicking and letting the website determine what to do.

Overall, that's a feature of HTML5 and I don't think TechRadar handled it correctly. http://digg.com/ handled that a lot better when they switched to HTML5 for their website. When you click to view an article, it opens in a new Tab. Read it and then close that Tab, and you're back on the main page. Of course digg doesn't host too much of their own content or add stuff like Comments to an already loaded page

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This is how I get around that; When I find a link I want to check out, I open it in a new tab/window. When I'm done, I just close it, and I'm back where I started.

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It looks to me that when you open an article from the main page and then scroll down to the bottom of the page, the Comments section is loaded and that creates the additional entry in the "Back" history. IOW, gotta click twice to go back to the main page.

And when an article is more than one page, it appears that the "Next Page" section is loaded separately AND the Comments is also loaded separately, making it so that there are two additional entries added to the "BACK" history.

Right-click the "BACK" button and you can see that history.

As Fred mentioned open a new window (or tab) when leaving the main page to read an article. When you're done reading an article, close that window or tab and you'll be back at the main page for that website. I prefer a new Tab, so I would middle-click a link to have the article open in a new Tab; rather than just clicking and letting the website determine what to do.

Overall, that's a feature of HTML5 and I don't think TechRadar handled it correctly. http://digg.com/ handled that a lot better when they switched to HTML5 for their website. When you click to view an article, it opens in a new Tab. Read it and then close that Tab, and you're back on the main page. Of course digg doesn't host too much of their own content or add stuff like Comments to an already loaded page

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This back button issue is happening to me as well on a news website. For some reason it doesn't happen on IE, OR on any other news site. Is there a fix for this or not. Please don't ask me to diagnose my computer. Surely after all these years someone must have figured it out??? But yet all I see is people guessing about extensions, flash and blah blah.

Some years ago it happened to me and someone suggested changing (I think) the end of a particular registry key from 1 to 0. Can anyone recall that? But equally why has this cropped up again? canberratimes.com.au is the site.