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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    Loved your findings! Two notes, though: there's no need for the subdomain. So those work: google.com/search?q=test or google.com/images?q=test. And https don't work.
    – cregox
    Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 12:15
  • @cregox: Google is all https all the time now.
    – ale
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 13:39

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As of October 2023,

  1. http://news.google.com/news?q=test redirects to https://news.google.com/search?q=test (search instead of news)
  2. Google Video, https://video.google.com/, was retired. For details, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Video.

As far as I knew, back in 2015, there wasn't a shorter URL for searching Videos and News. Instead, use the tbm parameter and the corresponding keyword:


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


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