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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Is there a quick way of getting hold of an URL from Google search results?

Edit: 6 December 2012
I have found the solution. It is http://industrystandardsoftware.com/online_tools/converters/convert-serp-link-to-direct-location-for-copying-and-pasting.htm - hooray!

Thanks to the questioners and answerers at Stack Exchange
http://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/31028/google-copy-link-location-annoyance




I want to right-click, copy link for this hit in my search results, however the URL I end up getting back turns out to be this horror:

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CGAQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.ukoln.ac.uk%2Fpatientsparticipate%2Ffiles%2F2011%2F09%2FWebPatientsParticipateSummaryReport.pdf&ei=D-WzT5fXBqqx0QXWq8DNBA&usg=AFQjCNEP6zfh7PL5u1uA98-T104jVwC6yg&sig2=8q8tEWz-_txUcMIXNbRrPg

I can see what it's meant to be from the link in green below, however there's a bit missing, denoted by /.../
It's possible to convert all %3A into : and all %2F into / so that  http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.ukoln.ac.uk becomes the more readable http://blogs.ukoln.ac.uk but is there a quick way of doing that?

I think I'm looking for a website where I can plug in the unwieldy horror above, press 'tweak' and it returns this nimble little URL below.

Here's the improved link created manually by swapping out the %2F etc
http://blogs.ukoln.ac.uk/patientsparticipate/files/2011/09/WebPatientsParticipateSummaryReport.pdf




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