Navigation: BACK key does not return to the same place from which you navigate.




11 years ago
8 years ago


(Reporter: captaintad, Unassigned)


3.0 Branch
Windows XP

Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)


(Whiteboard: [CLOSEME 2010-10-01])



11 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9) Gecko/2008052906 Firefox/3.0
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9) Gecko/2008052906 Firefox/3.0

When using and clicking on a link to a news story (or whatever), hitting the BACK key returns to the TOP of the main page rather than returning to the location on the page that contains the link that was clicked.

This problem does not exist in IE.  I notified YAHOO about the problem suspecting it was an issue with their new release of but empirical data seems to indicate that this is a characteristic of the Firefox browser.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Go to
2. Click on any link
3. Hit the BACK button
Actual Results:  
Navigation returns to the top of the main page rather than back to where you navigate from (he said, ending a sentence with a preposition).

Expected Results:  
I would expect to be returned to the same "place" on the main page from which I navigated.

Comment 1

10 years ago
I agree with the problem statement of this bug.

[I don't get why it is 'unconfirmed' as I can reproduce the symptom on
from any long page in various versions of Firefox, running on any of
Windows-XP, Windows-Vista, and Linux!]

Ok, here is a test-case so you can reproduce the problem:

Point Firefox (e.g. version 3.0.3) to this (conventional) webpage:

Scroll-down half-way.

Click on a link (which will take you somewhere else).

Hit the 'back-button' to return to this page.

Notice that you are at the TOP now.

Try that with any other browser such as 'Opera', 'IE', 'Chrome',
and you'll see that the rest of the world returns right to the
middle of the document where we started from (rather than at
the top like Firefox does).

So, let's face it:  Firefox is broken and always has been.

Please fix it.

[Otherwise, I'm gonna report you to Tim Berners-Lee at the W3C.]
Just kidding.  ;^)
Reporter, are you still seeing this issue with Firefox 3.6.9 or later in safe mode? If not, please close. These links can help you in your testing.
Whiteboard: [CLOSEME 2010-10-01]
Version: unspecified → 3.0 Branch
No reply, INCOMPLETE. Please retest with Firefox 3.6.10 or later and a new profile ( If you continue to see this issue with the newest firefox and a new profile, then please comment on this bug.
Last Resolved: 8 years ago
Resolution: --- → INCOMPLETE
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