How to Add a Back Arrow to an Address Bar

By Jason Artman

Along with the address bar at the top of a web browser window, navigation buttons such as the Back button are commonly used when navigating from one website to another. When clicked, the Back button allows you to browse to the page that you viewed before the one that is currently displayed. Add the Back button to the top of the browser window if you or another user have accidentally removed it.

Adding the Back Arrow in Internet Explorer 6

Step 1

Click the "View" menu at the top of the screen, then click "Toolbars" and "Customize." The "Customize Toolbar" window appears. If the Back button is missing from the top of the browser window, it is displayed in this window under "Available Toolbar Buttons."

Step 2

Click "Back," then click the "Add" button. "Back" now appears under "Current Toolbar Buttons."

Step 3

Click "Back," then click "Move Up" or "Move Down" until the button is in the position that you like.

Step 4

Click "Close" to return to Internet Explorer.

Adding the Back Arrow in Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Click the "View" menu at the top of the screen, then click "Toolbars" and "Customize." The "Customize Toolbar" window appears. If the Back button is missing from the top of the browser window, it is shown along with the Forward button in the "Customize Toolbar" window.

Step 2

Drag the Back and Forward buttons from the "Customize Toolbar" window to the desired location at the top of the Firefox window and drop it.

Step 3

Click "Done" to save the change.

Tips & Warnings

  • The Back button cannot be removed in Internet Explorer 7 and 8 unless you have added a value to the Windows registry called "NoNavBar." This value also removes the address bar from the browser. To replace the Back button and address bar in Internet Explorer 7 and 8, remove this registry value.