Thinkpad keyboards have back-forward keys which activate the back-forward action in browsers. However, they are quite irritating because they are placed right above the right-left arrow keys. Pressing them by mistake could make you lose the text you had painstakingly typed into a web form.
To disable these keys in the current session, type these commands at the shell:
$ xmodmap -e "keycode 166=" $ xmodmap -e "keycode 167="
To permanently disable them, create a .Xmodmap file in your home directory and add these lines to it:
! Create ~/.Xmodmap file ! Add these lines to the file keycode 166= keycode 167=
Note: This does not work in Ubuntu 14.04, where xmodmap has been replaced with xkb. I do not know of a solution to get this working on that version of Ubuntu.
Tried with: Thinkpad X201i and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS