Why is there a fwd button in web browsers?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by noodlemanc, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. noodlemanc macrumors regular

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    Its not like anyone uses them... I mean, when was the last time you used the fwd button in your web browser? its only the back button everyone uses, right?
     
  2. B777Forevar macrumors 6502a

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    Two min ago
     
  3. Hexiii macrumors 65816

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    I use it kind of a lot. When you press backwards too many times or you just want to go forward?
     
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I don't use it every day, but I use it enough to miss it if it wasn't there.
     
  5. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    wrong
     
  6. MonkeyBrainz macrumors regular

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    I use it every time I'm browsing. Sometimes I'll get edgy and open tabs. Crazy stuff.
     
  7. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    I use it every day. Sure, I don't need it but it does make things easier.
     
  8. Mr. McMac Suspended

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    +1 Can't imagine not having that function..
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    I use it nearly every day.

    I find with the web based enterprise applications I'm responsible to help support, I use both back and forward all the time.
     
  10. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    I use it quite often. Sometimes I need to go back an reread something on a previous page then hit forward to put me back where I was.
     
  11. Fazzy macrumors 6502

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    I havent used the buttons in awhile tbh, i use the swipe function instead
     
  12. wordoflife, Feb 23, 2012
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    wordoflife macrumors 604

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    I rarely use it, but I don't see any advantages in removing it.
    Anyways, they can be removed from some browsers.
     
  13. OutThere macrumors 603

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    I don't use the forward button but I use the forward function all the time, through keyboard shortcuts. Cmd ] or [ in Chrome on Mac or Alt -> or <- on Chrome in windows. Extremely useful when you're bouncing around the internet. I also open/close and switch tabs with the keyboard, really handy.
     
  14. ender land macrumors 6502a

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    Sweet, I didn't know this chrome shortcut :)
     
  15. Apple Key macrumors 6502a

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    Sometimes we nee to retrace our steps, and then return. It has happened to me.

    Although, I usually use the keyboard shortcuts Command + Right Arrow & Command + Left Arrow.
     
  16. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Or, even better, you can use multitouch in Chrome to go back and fwd pages :)
     
  17. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    I don't use it much, but enough that I'd miss it if it was gone.
     
  18. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000

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    Nope. And actually, I just used it right now since since I accidentally backed out of this page. I use forward as much as I use backward. Since they added the feature of the swiping right for back and swiping left for forward, it's been pretty effortless.
     
  19. Hastings101 macrumors 68010

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    I use it all the time. I even used it to get back to this thread after accidently backspacing out (I hate that shortcut so much).
     
  20. Michael383, Feb 23, 2012
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    I don't use it as much as the back button, but I use it enough that I'm glad it's there.
     
  21. noodlemanc thread starter macrumors regular

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    It seems that the only time one uses the back button is when one ****s up by going back a page when they dont mean 2.
     
  22. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    not really......it may be the only time YOU use it, but that's just you
     
  23. noodlemanc thread starter macrumors regular

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    nah thats what everyone else said 2/..
     
  24. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    What's with all the hate for the forward button?
     

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