What is the general UX rule followed wrt to navigation that a browser provides. I am developing a web based tool.I would be definately be enabling navigation to different screens within the tool, I want to understand should the same be allowed through the browser or not?

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    Leave them alone. Trying to switch them off or mess with their behaviour just annoys people who have come to rely on them working in a specific way. Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 13:43

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The browser has back and forward buttons whether we like it or not. I would work with that.

If the buttons are present but made non-functional by the developer, the end-user is likely to find the experience frustrating.

  • The application should also ideally accept that the buttons exist and that pressing them should behave in the normal manner. For example, SPA (single page applications) use hash-tag navigation to produce browser history entries that can then move forward and backwards between application state.
    – phyrfox
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 23:33

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