Foreword: I encountered this problem while trying to cite the Powerpoint for my Economics SE question.

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Attempt 1: I wish to determine the exact original URL of the Powerpoint discovered by Google here.
As can be seen in screenshot above, the green URL displayed by Google is ellipsed and thus useless:


Where can I find the complete, unabriged URL without the ellipsis above?

Attempt 2: I right-clicked Slides (the title of the search result) > Copy Link Location.
Pasting produces this unnecessarily lengthy nonsense (I define this as logorrhoea hereafter).


Attempt 3: I right-clicked Slides > Open Link in New Tab. But then the URL remains the same logorrhoea as in Attempt 2. Also, immediately after the New Tab opens, a popup emerges demanding a choice: between opening the file in a selected program, or saving it. So this fails.

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    "As you can see, the green URL displayed by Google is ellipsed and thus useless:" What green URL? When I click the link my browser immediately tries to download a PPT file. I'm not sure what you're looking for here. You have the URL to the file. What is it that you want?
    – ale
    Mar 5, 2015 at 13:08
  • @AlE. Sorry for any confusion. Please feel free to edit my OP. I want the original URL WITHOUT the ellipsis; Google only displays in green eml.berkeley.edu/~burch/.../Tax%20Incidence%20day%203. Does this answer your comment? Please advise.
    – NNOX Apps
    Mar 5, 2015 at 14:41
  • That's the thing. Where are you seeing this green URL or this ellipsis?
    – ale
    Mar 5, 2015 at 14:42
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    @AlE. I've uploaded a screenshot above just now. Does this help? Please do write back if necessary.
    – NNOX Apps
    Mar 5, 2015 at 14:45
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    Ah, Google Search. That clears some things up. What search string are you using?
    – ale
    Mar 5, 2015 at 14:47

1 Answer 1


Click on the green down arrow next to the green URL. You will see "Cached" appear - click on that, and you will see the following:

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As you can see, it displays the complete original URL of the file:


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