So pissed off at Safari right now! How do I make the delete key NOT do a page back?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by motulist, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    I just finished filling out a big comment reply at craigslist, there was a text box already filled in with my email address that I didn't want to use for this comment, so I clicked in the box and hit delete - but it activated the page back command, then when I paged forward my whole comment was gone!

    I'm so fricken pissed off at Safari right now! It turns out the box with my address in it looked exactly like a regular text box, but wasn't. So when I hit the delete key the cursor focus wasn't in a text box, and Safari decided that meant it should do a back command and not save my comment text locally before doing it. I'm so fricken pissed.

    So now I'm trying to remove that key command which I never ever use on purpose, but I can't figure out a way to do it. I can't find it in the help docs. System pref's keyboard pane won't let me assign the delete key to a different function.

  2. corinhorn macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2008
    I have made the same mistake before and was equally pissed. I searched far and wide and never found a fix. I got in the habit of typing up posts/comments in textedit or Word and then copying them onto the webpage after they were complete. It's saved my ass a few times. Sorry I can't offer a keyboard shortcut fix. :mad:
  3. hughvane macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    If it's of any consolation, Firefox (2) does the same thing. You have to make sure the cursor is right where it's meant to be - but then you know that. In my case it's comment on or question about a YouTube video. Corinhorn's workaround is probably the thing to do.

    This is a situation where you pester Apple (or Mozilla) to give we users the OPTION to disable keystrokes that are causing problems. Would it do any good? I don't know, but maybe it's worth a try. Trouble is, 90% of users don't encounter the problem, or think it must be their own bungle.

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