On some occasions you want to provide some particular Google Search. You could simply copy the link from your browser's address bar, which often gives a very long link containing a lot of redundant stuff, see, for example, this question (and also here and here).

But you can also create a shorter link, if you remove from the url the things, which are not needed. For example http://www.google.com/search?q=test&tbm=isch is a link to Google Images search, the part tbm=isch means that it is search in images.

For many of services, you can get a nicer and shorter url:

But I did not find similar type of link for Google Videos. The link http://video.google.com/video?q=test http://video.google.com/video?q=test does not work (although http://video.google.com is a valid link).

I did not find this for Google News, either. The link http://news.google.com/news?q=test returns different results than http://www.google.com/search?q=test&tbm=nws.

Are there such "short" URLs for Google Videos and Google News searches?


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As far as I know, there isn't a short url for Videos and News. Instead use the tbm parameter and the corresponding keyword:

vid for videos -> https://www.google.com/search?tbm=vid&q=test

nws for news -> https://www.google.com/search?tbm=nws&q=test


bks for books -> https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&q=test

app for apps -> https://www.google.com/search?tbm=app&q=test

For Maps, there is a "short" URL -> https://www.google.com/maps?q=test

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