Whenever I type a search query in Google Search, I am presented with long and complicated URLs like this one:


Is there a more concise way to write Google Search URLs, without any unnecessary parameters?


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It is possible to generate more concise Google Search URLs, as shown here: https://www.google.com/search?q=%22Stack+Exchange%22+OR+StackOverflow

This URL corresponds to the search query "Stack Exchange" OR StackOverflow. All you need to do is write the search string after https://www.google.com/search?q=., and this will take you to the search results page for that query.


most simple and short solutions include:


You can replace the search?q= with #q=. In most contexts (though not StackOverflow answers) you can also get rid of the https://.

The %22 or %20 (encoding for a space character) can be replaced with + to make it shorter and easier to read.

You can even get rid of an o or e in google.com, but that doesn't seem worth the possible confusion IMO. (This only works if you don't specify HTTPS - do it with the https and let it redirect you to https.)

So, I believe that the shortest simple form of the original query - without using a URshortenerer - is this:


[edit: removed the slash from '.com/#q' as per @Adám]


The shorter "#q=" syntax doesn't seem to work for me anymore; "search?q=" still works fine. Time to rewrite some of my scripts!

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