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Old 02-18-2009, 08:08 PM   #1
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a Simple question RE: firefox, and ubuntu...

well, first off hello linux people. First off, I want to let you know that i am not aiming to be a hardcore, dig into every inch of linux/ubuntu i can. I installed it on my laptop, after somehow, my vista partition (and only vista partition) got wiped out. from the hard drive, bought a new one, decided vista wasn't worth it, and here i am. This is mostly going to be used for web surfing while i'm gaming, im'ing, and other light weight tasks like that (as this acer isn't exactly a powerhouse)

ok, sorry for the long intro. In the "previous life" of my laptop, i could page back while surfing by hitting the backspace key. Looking into the menus of firefox, it appears like the new default for this action is alt left arrow, which is kinda meh imo. Being a laptop, its nice to have one button answers to this things. So is there a way that this can be modified, or is it a ubuntu/linux limitation?
Old 02-18-2009, 08:47 PM   #2
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Be very welcome

Hi akuthia!!!

1st. ovall i apologise for my very bad english language...

2nd. feels among friends, today you're asking questions, tomorow will be answering, that's why linux community rocks...

3rd. Spirit flowing thru may say: "The difference is that it's not relevant if it's yous or not, when you sit there, you want to be in command of all..." it means a part of word "FREEDOM".

Unix-like people, once engaged, will never leave..It happens when you realise difference from
- Choffer, take me there...
- To turn the keys on and drive...

You must not to think that is the slackest way, all counterclockwise(all upside-down???), the fact is, at beginning you must pay attention to certain things to understand others, that's all, the same when you learn to drive... "this accelerate engine", "this leave engine alone", "this reduces car speed" and so on...

So.. "excuse me the long answer"...

you will need to fill us more with more details about what is happenning there, in a way we can help you as we could...
1- what kind of linux you have there??
2- wich version of firefox ??
3- How did you get firefox installed there??
4- Your problem is that "back-page" button doesn't work???
... be a little more straightfull... tx

Posting answers for that questions will make some people think about your problems...


Be always welcome
Old 02-18-2009, 08:53 PM   #3
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Do not worry about poor english, atleast with me, i live among some of the worst english speakers in the world. We're called native english speaking americans

For linux, i'm using the latest, stable version, Intrepid Ibex, 8.1, firefox version 3.0.6 also latest version as far as i know.

The problem is, that in the windows version, the backspace key (as in, the key you'd hit to go backwards deleting text) function as a keyboard shortcut for the "go back one page" button. The shortcut here in linux seems to be alt + left arrow, and im wondering if theres a way to change that (aside from hacking firefox)
Old 02-18-2009, 09:28 PM   #4
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this is a very laught..

Can you see how it's getting easier????

now i know what you want...(or maybe think i'am..), due to i'm running the same here...

try this:

1- kick start button(main menu), maybe in english language it will be called "system config"??? (wich entry do you have there to system settings?)... that's it, old kde pannel...

2- Inside the window that appears, look for something like (one of the big rows there with name of) "computer settings"?
- an icon named as "keyboard and mouse"?????

3- Well, inside this, on the left, you'll find "keyboard shortcuts"...
open this, take a very carefull look, read docs of it.. as i said before, here you're in charge... take the response of it.

P.S. As i'm other-language-native, you have marvelous languaging...

post anything you want,

Old 02-18-2009, 09:34 PM   #5
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1) Start up firefox
2) type
in the navigation bar.
3) Promise to be careful
4) go to browser.backspace_action and change the value (last column) to 0.
Old 02-18-2009, 10:11 PM   #6
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aww, beautiful! i wonder if i had to do that windows, and it'd had just been so long since i did it, i forgot! in any case, many thanks jay. now i can happy surf and not have to mouse to the back button


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