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WebBrowser.GoBack Method

Navigates the WebBrowser control to the previous page in the navigation history, if one is available.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public bool GoBack()

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the navigation succeeds; false if a previous page in the navigation history is not available.

The WebBrowser control maintains a history list of all the Web pages visited during a browsing session. You can use the GoBack method to implement a Back button similar to the one in Internet Explorer, which will allow your users to return to a previous page in the navigation history.

Use the CanGoBack property to determine whether the navigation history is available and contains a previous page. Handle the CanGoBackChanged event to receive a notification when the CanGoBack property value changes. Handling this event is useful, for example, to change the enabled state of a Back button when the WebBrowser control navigates to or leaves the beginning of the navigation history.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the GoBack method to implement a Back button for the WebBrowser control similar to the one in Internet Explorer. This example requires that your form contains a WebBrowser control called webBrowser1 and a Button control called backButton.

For the complete code example, see How to: Add Web Browser Capabilities to a Windows Forms Application.

// Navigates webBrowser1 to the previous page in the history. 
private void backButton_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)

// Disables the Back button at the beginning of the navigation history. 
private void webBrowser1_CanGoBackChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
    backButton.Enabled = webBrowser1.CanGoBack;

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0