Safari back button shortcut

Sometime recently, Safari’s back button keyboard shortcut ⌘← stopped working. I’ve preferred this to ⌘[ because it’s much easier to reach when my right hand is on the MacBook Pro trackpad. Unfortunately I can’t seem to reset this using System Preferences.

After a few days of unsuccessfully re-training myself to use ⌘[, I gave up and reached for FastScripts to rewire the ⌘← shortcut. I wrote the following AppleScript:

tell application "System Events" to keystroke "[" using {command down}

Then set it in FastScripts to only be used when Safari is running. There’s got to be a more straightforward way to get the old Safari behavior back — and this solution annoyingly interferes with moving the cursor if a text field is focused in a web page — but for now I’m up and running again.

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Manton Reece @manton