How to Enable the Back & Forward Buttons on the Toolbar
By Erin McManaway
Internet browsers use “Back” and “Forward” buttons to allow you to navigate through websites you have recently visited. These buttons are usually located in the top left corner of the browser’s toolbar. Some browsers, such as Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, have embedded the buttons into the toolbar in a way that they cannot be removed or disabled. However, you can reconfigure the toolbars in the Firefox and Safari browsers if you disable the "Back" and "Forward" buttons accidentally or disable them for some reason.
Right-click the browser toolbar, then select “Customize” from the menu. The “Customize Toolbar” window appears.
Locate the “Back Forward” button icon in the list of items. The appears as two arrow buttons and has the label “Back Forward.”
Click and hold on the “Back Forward” button.
Drag the button out of the “Customize Toolbar” window and drop it on the browser’s toolbar. Click the “Done” button to finish the customization and enable the “Back” and “Forward” buttons on the Firefox browser toolbar.
Click the “Safari Settings” menu, then click “Customize Toolbar.” A new window appears.
Locate the “Back” and “Forward” button in the list of items. The appears as two arrow buttons and has the label “Back/Forward.”
Click and hold on the “Back/Forward” button.
Drag the button out of the window and drop it on the browser’s toolbar.
Click the "Done" button to finish the customization and enable the buttons on the Safari toolbar.
- You can move buttons to or enable them on any open area of the toolbar.
Erin McManaway holds a B.A. in professional writing from Francis Marion University, where she earned the Richard B. Larsen Memorial Award for Business and Technical Writing. She has worked in materials development, media and information technology in the nonprofit sector since 2006. McManaway has also been a writer and editor since 2008.