back button


Definition of back button

: an icon on a computer screen that typically depicts a backward pointing arrow and that returns the user to a previously shown window or web page

called also back arrow

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Finish it off with a casual jacket and a laid-back button up. Nicola Fumo, Town & Country, "What to Pack for an Irish Getaway," 4 Mar. 2019 The back button is replaced with swipes up from the left and right bottom corners of the screen. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "OnePlus 6T review: revised formula, same results," 29 Oct. 2018 There’ll be a back button, but only when an app can actually use it. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "The 5 most important Android P updates," 9 May 2018 The current build of Android P shows the old back button design, which is just an outline. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android P Preview 2 hands on—New recent apps, awful gesture nav, and more!," 14 May 2018 Microsoft is using shadow effects across Fluent Design, alongside modernizing context menus and implementing consistent back button controls in apps. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft reveals the future of its Fluent Design for Windows 10," 9 May 2018 The rest of the time, the back button appears and works like normal. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android P Preview 2 hands on—New recent apps, awful gesture nav, and more!," 14 May 2018 The home button was a pill shape instead of a circle, the back button used an older design, and the recent apps button was missing. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google I/O 2018 preview—What we’re expecting from Google’s big show," 30 Apr. 2018 The blue color scheme indicates that the phone is running the Pixel theme, so the back button should be solid white. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google shows off Android P’s gesture navigation, quickly deletes image," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of back button

1993, in the meaning defined above

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