Suppose my PDF document is produced by pdflatex and while viewing the document I follow a link and go from A to B within the document. How do I go back from B to A? In other words where is the browser-back button of the viewer?

Adobe Reader has several choices: Alt+ or actual buttons. But the behavior is not standard. For example how does TeXWorks viewer do the same?

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    You can find shortcuts for SumatraPDF on this page.
    – percusse
    Commented Apr 5, 2012 at 2:13
  • I noticed TeXStudio has this feature.
    – Maesumi
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 2:04

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I only use Okular, which has shortcuts and toolbar buttons for "back" and "forward" navigation. The predefined shortcuts seem to be Alt+Shift+Left / Alt+Shift+Right, but you can always redefine them.


Evince 3.38.1 has the following shortcuts:

  • Alt+N: Next page visited
  • Alt+P: Previous page visited
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    These shortcuts work on Document Viewer 41.3 as well Commented Mar 21, 2022 at 13:57
  • Nice. Anyone knows if these shortcuts can be mapped to Alt + Left / Alt + Right instead?
    – a06e
    Commented Jul 2, 2022 at 23:57
  • Not sure whether this is the default, but I had to press Alt, release the key, and press N or P after that.
    – cabeer
    Commented Aug 8, 2023 at 9:31

In evince (a Gnome PDF viewer apparently), I found that there was no Back button by default, but you just have to right-click on the toolbar area, and a toolbar settings menu comes up. You click on that and then drag a Back button to the toolbar area.

In operation, you click on this Back button in evince, and it gives a menu of all of the previous pages you have visited, in reverse order. So you can click on the top page number to go back one step, and so forth.

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    The back button of evince is not really working as I would expect: 1) Click reference A to jump to some chapter. 2) Scroll for several pages. 3) Click reference B to jump somewhere else. 4) Click the back button. I end up at the page where reference A is pointing to, not the one on which I clicked the link B.
    – luator
    Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 8:32
  • Also works for Atril, thanks. Commented Jul 7, 2019 at 12:55
  • At present this feature seems not to be working properly; cf.: askubuntu.com/a/1045491/738083
    – Will
    Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 6:43

Xreader (v. 2.0.2) offers functionality to move back and forward in the viewing history. See also here (similar question): https://askubuntu.com/a/1160347/738083


Also, if you have a mouse with 5 buttons, you can use the 4 and 5 button to go forward/backward (at least in Evince).

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