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To Disable Back button in all the browsers

Dev Anand
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Joined: Aug 30, 2009
Posts: 41
Currently i'm using the following code to disable the back button in my jsp page, but it works fine only in IE.

<script type="text/javascript">

Can anyone give the code to disable the back button in all browsers like opers, firefox, chrome etc..
Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 41591
Please be sure to heed http://faq.javaranch.com/java/InterfaceDesignersRule1.

Which brings up the question: why do you want to do this?

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Ninad Kulkarni
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Joined: Aug 31, 2007
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Thanks Ulf
The link is very usefull.

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Sean Clark

Joined: Jul 15, 2009
Posts: 377


whilst you cannot disable the browser back buttons, you can add onbeforeunload event which will allow you to add functionality before the page is left.

I used this to add a confirmation box to notify users that leaving the page would lose any unsaved changes.

Note though that you cannot attach this to just the back button, and whenever the user tries to leave the page via a link/forward/back/reload, they would get the message.


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Eric Pascarello

Joined: Nov 08, 2001
Posts: 15376
guessing you have a typo in your code above since histroy is misspelled.

If you use proper headers and posts, you can expire a page when the back button is pressed.

I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
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