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History back() Method

History Object Reference History Object

Example

Create a back button on a page:

<script>
function goBack() {
    window.history.back()
}
</script>

<body>
<button onclick="goBack()">Go Back</button>
</body>

The output of the code above will be:


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Definition and Usage

The back() method loads the previous URL in the history list.

This is the same as clicking the "Back button" in your browser, or history.go(-1).

Note: This method will not work if the previous page does not exist in the history list.

Tip: To load the next URL in the history list, use the history.forward() method.


Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The back() method is supported in all major browsers.


Syntax

history.back()

Parameters

None.

Return Value

No return value.


History Object Reference History Object

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