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#1 SierraSonic

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 18:08

A universal back button!

I am so tired of being in apps and HAVING to click the back button in the top left!
I always try to hit my mouse's back button. It would improve the speed of which someone could view content inside metro apps.
Not only to the start of apps but it should remember the history path through all apps all the way back to the start screen.

What do you think?


#2 TheLegendOfMart

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 18:10

I didn't have Windows 8 for long, but cant you use the backspace button to go back?

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 18:16

I didn't have Windows 8 for long, but cant you use the backspace button to go back?

Tough luck on tablets. :p

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#4 drazgoosh

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 18:18

Well if it's like that, then the other Windows would also benefit, not just Windows 8...

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 18:26

Windows 8 needs a design team that pays attention to detail.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 18:42

I think windows in general needs an "Undo" button, able to undo any last action performed on the OS

#7 jakem1

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 19:00

I think windows in general needs an "Undo" button, able to undo any last action performed on the OS


I think I'd prefer to leave undo as a per-application function. I can imagine accidentally undoing something I don't want to undo with a universal button. Also, what if you want to undo the last actions taken in two or more applications?

#8 jakem1

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 19:01

Tough luck on tablets. :p

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That's what the back button the OP is tired of using is for ;)

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 19:14

I think I'd prefer to leave undo as a per-application function. I can imagine accidentally undoing something I don't want to undo with a universal button. Also, what if you want to undo the last actions taken in two or more applications?


Yea I mean just OS related, ie. deleting files, altering registry, setting permissions, ownerships etc

It would be a pain if it worked throughout apps too :)

#10 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 19:25

It is incredibly annoying that the back button on my mouse doesn't work for Metro apps. There really is no excuse for it is supported for Explorer, Control Panel, web browsers, etc. It's just another example of Microsoft's schizophrenic design philosophy when it comes to Metro. I honestly don't know how such a fundamental feature can be completely overlooked.

#11 +Brandon Live

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 21:05

Your mouse back button should work inside apps. Support for it may not be complete for all apps in the RP, though. Remember, they're "previews." :-)

There may be other factors like something specific to your mouse, as well. But yes apps absolutely should support the mouse back button (and backspace) for navigation. The VS app templates already hook this up for you.

#12 Dot Matrix

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 21:13

You know what I think Windows 8 truly needs?


An end to these threads?

#13 Dashel

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 21:15

They still need to get scrolling fixed before they work on the back/forward buttons but I do agree. Its another Metro surprise!

#14 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 21:17

Well, I'm using a Razer Mamba and the back button works throughout the rest of Windows 8 but not in Metro apps. And we're not talking about random apps - we're talking about core Metro apps like Store, News, Travel, etc. Bizarrely SkyDrive does support the back button but not the forward button. As the OP stated, there should be a universal back button and at the moment there isn't.

#15 Knive Party

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 21:20

Windows 8 needs a design team that pays attention to detail.


sadly this is so true.