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

Examples of back button in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once each back button is assigned an input, the accessory behaves like a native extension of the controller, so there’s no additional friction when using the gamepad with a PC. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Sony’s Back Button Attachment is finally back in stock, so here’s our review," 9 June 2020 Now, hit the back button to go to the main settings. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook Tried To Make a Phone Only Right-Handed People Could Use," 28 Feb. 2020 On the right side is a back button and a home button, used for navigating and interacting with the watch, and a speaker grille is on the left side of the round housing. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active2 proves the second time's a charm," 27 Sep. 2019 Now, with Android 10, that back button has been replaced with a side-swipe gesture, which is sometimes confusing. Wired, "Android 10 Has Arrived. Here’s What to Expect," 3 Sep. 2019 So developers can disable back next to those areas to ensure the back button isn’t accidentally triggered. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Android Q’s back gesture controversy, explained," 8 Aug. 2019 But to do that, Google had to rethink Android’s traditional back button. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Google will make another big improvement to Android Q’s gesture navigation before release," 3 July 2019 In February, leaked software code predicted the demise of the back button on the latest version of Google's Android smartphone. Vanessa Chang, WIRED, "How Phone Taps and Swipes Train Us to Be Better Consumers," 10 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of back button

1993, in the meaning defined above

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“Back button.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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