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How to stop this - Search mode, clicked backspace in blank spot on page, removes letter in search bar used to go back 1 page.

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FF used to allow this: you're on a page with search results, you go to a blank spot on that page and click backspace. You're taken back 1 page. Now, instead of this happening, when you click backspace, the last letter of the search term is removed. I cannot figure out how to cause the backspace to go back a page as it used to do.

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Start Firefox in Diagnose Firefox issues using Troubleshoot Mode to check if one of the extensions or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox (Tools) > Add-ons > Appearance/Themes).

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Sounds like a good suggestion but, I can't open FF in safe mode. The option has disappeared.

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In Firefox 4+ you can use one of these to start in Diagnose Firefox issues using Troubleshoot Mode:

  • Help > Restart with Add-ons Disabled
  • Hold down the Shift key while double clicking the Firefox desktop shortcut (Windows)