You can force navbars in the Display tab of the Program Options (Default navbar: On) although this will affect *all* windows. I'll add some debug switches to let you change the preferred state for individual windows.
That's exactly what i was looking for. Always on for everything. It was set to auto by default. Sorry i didn't find that before asking. Don't change anything else on my account and realize that the rest of this note is optional.
Sigh... Alt-Left, Alt-Left!!! Even just Backspace will do the trick!
When I work, (write, code, whatever), I use the keyboard because that's where my hands are. I like to minimize the mouse then. When I'm surfing/reading... i can do it all with one hand on the mouse and the other under my chin holding my head up as I lean on the desk. It's not the best posture but it's habit. Soooooo... under those circumstances, mousing IS actually faster and more convenient. I know about the key combinations, but they're not the first thing that comes to mind, therefore, they're slower. I also know about right-clicking and choosing "back" from the context menu. But i generally only do this when accidentally attempting to go backwards using a mouse gesture due to ingrained Opera habits. (see below)
If you must insist on using the mouse, the blue arrows at the top and bottom of the page will also let you move backwards and forwards.
Those buttons are only available within the search results. What i wanted was a way to get back to the search results easily after having click a link within them. (And yes, i know all about opening in other windows etc. I just like to do it this way some times.)
Hmmm, I'm sure I told you about this already. I just drag a horizontal line from right to left with my mouse to go back in my browser.
I have no idea what you're talking about here. IE has never understood mouse gestures on it's own. And I don't actually recall mentioning them here before. I was really just being facetious. I do use them extensively in Opera and firefox, however. If you have some way of making IE go forward and back via mouse movements, i'd love to know what it is.