Universal Back Button 1.0.1

Back to where you were.

Universal Back Button (UBB) is a simple app that implements a back button that in principle "works everywhere." The idea came from Oliver Boermans, in a blog post titled "The universal back button," in response to Brent Simmons' post on "Apps that work together." (See where I got the name?) The idea is to provide a back button that takes you back to the task you were working on, before you opened a file, clicked a link, or similar.

Important note!

Please read this blog post to learn how to make Universal Back Button work on your Mac if you are running Mac OS X 10.6.5 or later!

Download, Requirements and License

Universal Back Button requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later (at least for now). To make UBB work on 10.6.5 or later, please read this blog post. Universal Back Button is free. You can download Universal Back Button or its source code here:

Universal Back Button 1.0.1 (compressed disk image, 372 KB)

Universal Back Button 1.0.1 source code (BSD License, compressed tarball, 520 KB)

To use UBB, first double-click the UBB item that appears in your menubar when you launch the application; then select Toggle Universal Back Button, let UBB do its thing and finally log out and back in again. (Note that on 10.6.5 and later, you will need to follow the steps outlined in the blog post linked above instead, at least until I can get a new release out.) Then relaunch UBB and you're all set. Clicking the UBB menu item once will now take you back to the application you last used to open a link, a file or similar.

If you feel like it, you can make a donation for Universal Back Button here:

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Related blog posts

Making Universal Back Button work on Mac OS X 10.6.5 or later

Universal Back Button released for Mac OS X


Version 1.0.1:

  • Fix a bug in the state parsing code.

Version 1.0.0:

  • First public release, May 26. 2010.


If you have any questions regarding Universal Back Button, need to report a bug or just want to make a feature request, all you need to do is send an e-mail here: yls@scsc.no. Please include Universal Back Button in the subject so that your e-mail isn't accidentally classified as spam.