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How can I get local site referral pages for a page in your own website in Google Analytics?

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After drilling down on a specific page in my site, I selected the view for "Entrance Paths", which is a standard Google Analytics report and I see what pages the viewers proceeded after hitting that specific page. What I want to get (using the new Custom Report feature) is the pages where visitors came from before hitting this specific page.
The "Entrance Source" report is the closest I get to what I need, except that it shows only "(direct)" for the local sources, and then it goes on with the external referrers (search engines, other sites).

For this I need the "Metric" and "Dimenssions" that I need to build this report.
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So are you wanting a report based on the "Previous Page" data made available from the "Navigation Summary" of a pages details
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I was looking at this report but, first, it shows only the top 10 and the information there is conflicting.
As marked, it shows that before the page was reached, first it was on itself and the it exited to itself. See attached image.

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I think that indicates that the page references itself.

This can happen if a user refreshes the page.
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Ok, that explains that, but the other links do not contain references to the page in question. I have checked and it's impossible they came from those pages before hitting this other page.
But if I want a full listing of  "Previous Pages" not only the top 10, what should I use in the Custom Report creator to get this?
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Previous page is calculated by the last page that triggered a hit before the current page triggered a hit, in a particular visitors session.

It does mean seemingly impossible things can happen.

If the visitor has mitliple tabs open on the same website and alternates browsing on each tab then some funny sequences would be recorded.

If the user manually types in a url or chooses one from their favourites then expected navigation can be bypassed.

Unfortunately it seems that the custom reports does not support that at the current time. I may be wrong though.
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But if I want a full listing of  "Previous Pages" not only the top 10, what should I use in the Custom Report creator to get this?
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