Configure the behaviour of backspace in Firefox for Linux

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It’s a mystery for me why on windows firefox developers have conceived one use for backspace and another for firefox on linux.

If you are coming from windows and moving onto linux you might be used to press backspace to go back one page in Firefox. Well you’re in for a small surprise – id doesn’t work.

You need to go to about:config

browser.backspace_action as either 0 or 1.

0 means that the backspace button will go back a page in the session history
1 means that pressing the backspace key will scroll up one page in the current document