I ran a Google search and I want to get the URL of the second result:

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But it is a link to a PDF. If I click it, I get the PDF, but not the URL (so I cannot save it in my bookmarks or send it to a friend, for example).

If I right-click and do "Copy Link", I get a long Google-link which is very different than the original URL of the PDF.

How can I get the actual URL of the original PDF file? (I am looking for a general answer, not specifically this link).

EDIT: I have just found this answer, which solved the problem for me.


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Using Chrome in English,

Option 1: Right click the URL and select Copy link Address (this works in incognito, tested in Version 100.0.4896.60 (Official Build) (arm64), I tested this in incognito after I took the below screenshot)

Option 2: Click the three dots button shown to the right of the resource title (this might not be shown to all users). This will open a modal-dialog showing the resource URL, like this

NOTE: Screenshot taken few moments ago using Chrome for Mac, Version 99.0.4844.84 (Official Build) (arm64)

Then right click the URL and select, Copy link address

Your mileage might vary: There are a lot of factors that might make every user experience different, like browser that they are using, browser settings like the language, if they are signed in a Google account, the particularities of that Google account like the account type, when the account was created, where it was created, if Google is running A/B tests and they are showing to you the A or B test, etc.

  • Indeed, I do not see these three dots! In any case, using Chrome, I could use Copy Link. Mar 31, 2022 at 19:14

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