Bigger back button extension for Firefox

08 April, 2005

A little while ago I wrote some CSS that applied Fitt’s Law to make the back button in Firefox bigger.

At the time, someone said I should make it an extension, and I did (based on Chu Yeow’s “making unred tabs obvious” extension), but forgot all about it.

It wasn’t until my Firefox installation got corrupted and I had to do a clean re-install that I realise how utterly vital it is, and I became really glad that I had made it an extension. Jeez – how do people cope with that insanely small back button? It’s crazy!

So, here it is: Install Fitts’ Back Button.

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Chu Yeow
30 July, 2005 at 14:09

Nice. Have you created a u.m.o developer account and added this there yet?

30 July, 2005 at 23:58

No, I didn’t even think about it! I suppose I should do really. I’ll put it on my “todo” list. 🙂

Good to see you back 🙂

11 August, 2005 at 17:23

I didn’t think this extention would be useful. I use small icons and compact themes which makes everything really small, and when I installed this it only made my overused back button bigger – which is FANTASTIC. Good work.

Andrew Cory
10 September, 2005 at 01:21

Any chance you can update it so that it works up through 1.5?

10 September, 2005 at 11:24

Yes, I’ll do that very soon. Also, if you enabled comments on your blog, I could point out some errors you’ve made in your post about Linux. 😉

Andrew Cory
15 September, 2005 at 01:21

Well, if they’re over 10 days old, I only seem to get spam. But if you want to Email me, I’d post them up as a rebuttal…

16 September, 2005 at 12:15

I’ve just put up a new version. You should just be able to use the normal extension update system to get it, otherwise you’ll have to uninstall it and reinstall.

11 October, 2005 at 18:53

Great! Thanks. Maybe you should try to add it to the official extensions page.

09 November, 2005 at 03:14

There is another extension that utilizes Fitt’s law for a similar effect – milewideback.
The whole left edge of the browser’s window becomes a 1px thin Back button.
It is sadly not availbable for 1.5

09 November, 2005 at 10:25

Thanks Leo. Yes, I’d seen it when I came to write this extension and it’s a good use of Fitt’s Law; I tried it for a bit but I think I prefer the back button – otherwise I just forget!

30 November, 2005 at 18:11

Very nice extension for Firefox! I like it very much, but I’m missing it in FF 1.5.
When will there be an update, so that the bigger back button will also be availabe in FF 1.5?

30 November, 2005 at 18:51

Er, it should work in 1.5 already. It may not update itself automatically – I’ve not really tested that part of it very much, but if you just reinstall, it should work.

12 March, 2006 at 21:41

Great extension – I only have a few extensions on my new laptop and this is one of them!

12 March, 2006 at 21:43

excellent! that’s really great to hear! it’s always one of the first things I install on a new Firefox installation!

14 July, 2006 at 08:08

7/14/2006 – I have just updated to the Beta 2.0 of FF. Will you be updating the bigger Back Button for it? (Sometime soon, I hope.)

14 July, 2006 at 10:22

Yes, I just updated to FF2 at home, so I will be updating the extension soon.

31 August, 2006 at 22:29

Yes please.

We need the (so useful) Fitt Back Button for firefox 2.0.

01 September, 2006 at 17:10

Not compatible with 2.0b2 just released. I miss my back button!!! Thanks

23 October, 2006 at 15:10

I found a bug when Colorzilla is enabled. If I goto Customise… my toolbar and then save (even if I don’t make any changes to my toolbar), the menu options File etc. are disabled (greyed out).

I can’t even get to Customise… by right-clicking on the toolbar as that option is disabled as well. Strange!

This was in FF at home.

23 October, 2006 at 15:11

Of course, I mean this here Bigger Back Button extension WITH Colorzilla enabled together is when I get the bug.

23 October, 2006 at 16:44


no idea why though! will try and recreate tomorrow.

04 November, 2006 at 20:02

Hi, I’ve just updated to the newly released Firefox 2, but your extension isn’t compatible 🙁

It’s amazing how much I got used to having a big back button and how much I miss it now!

Thanks for such a simple but useful extension. I hope you have time to update it soon!

06 November, 2006 at 00:07

OK, sorry this has taken me so long to get around to. Installing from scratch or updating by hand should both work now, upgrading you to version 0.12 of Fitts’ Back Button.

07 November, 2006 at 09:06

Version 1.02 still doesn’t work over here. I am using a BonEcho build of Firefox 2.0 with the Firefox (default) theme.

07 November, 2006 at 09:43

If you uninstall and then reinstall it really should work.

There’s a possibility of course that you have an older version cached, so you might want to try clearing that out too (that’s been a problem for a couple of people so far already).

07 November, 2006 at 10:29

How do I do that cache cleaning? I tried to look for it in the Mozilla Knowledge base but am not sure what is the right procedure.

Deleting the extensions.cache file?

07 November, 2006 at 12:08

Tools -> Clear private data -> Cache

should do it I reckon.

08 November, 2006 at 11:18

Nope, that didn’t fix it. 🙁

Works with the non-default theme, though.

13 November, 2006 at 00:25

It’s working OK for me… Thanks! I’m running Firefox 2.0 as released on the “Get Firefox” site. Never used a beta version of Firefox.

18 November, 2006 at 01:50

very useful and I’ve relied on it for quite a while now…why isn’t it available on the main addons page/

18 November, 2006 at 11:46

Because I’ve been too lazy. I’ll put it there today, have got an account already.

Chao Xian
05 April, 2007 at 13:50

Dude, I’ve discovered that this doesn’t work for Mac FF!


Phil Wilson
06 April, 2007 at 16:46

Damn! You can help me debug it when I get back from holiday.

26 April, 2007 at 14:39

Nice extension. Seems to work well on FF Kudos.