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Solved Google search right click URL collect

November 9, 2012 at 13:52:55
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.2 GHz / 2047 MB

Thought I'd post this here because it affects all helpers.

Using IE I tried to post a link to a pdf file following a Google search, this title:
Secunia PSI 2.0 - Setup and usage guide.pdf
Unfortunately the green URL given under this entry in Google was incomplete (too long). As it opens the pdf you can't get it from the browser address line either. I tried my usual trick of right clicking it and selecting either "Copy Shortcut" or via "Properties", depending on which browser or OS I was using.

It seems Google have introduced an "improvement" I hadn't previously noticed, whereby you can only collect the whole search gibberish which is no good to man or beast. From the following it seems this is part of Google tracking:

http://webapps.stackexchange.com/qu...

http://webapps.stackexchange.com/qu...

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/copy-c...

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fi...

My workaround in IE is to use another search provider, such as Bing.
In Firefox I have installed the addon (last link above).

Does anyone know a workaround when using Google with IE8 onwards, XP and later?


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November 12, 2012 at 18:24:28

I had no problem using IE9. I used your search term, clicked the 1st one on the list, then copied the address from the browser. Could your PDF reader have anything to do with it? I use Foxit. And I had no problem when I right clicked, then clicked "properties" & copied it from there. I deliberately put a space after http so the whole address would show:

http ://secunia.com/gfx/pdf/Secunia%20PSI%202.0%20-%20Setup%20and%20usage%20guide.pdf

But right click & "copy shortcut" yields this:

http ://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=secunia%20psi%202.0%20-%20setup%20and%20usage%20guide.pdf&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fsecunia.com%2Fgfx%2Fpdf%2FSecunia%2520PSI%25202.0%2520-%2520Setup%2520and%2520usage%2520guide.pdf&ei=Ja6hUM6zIai30AG42oGoDg&usg=AFQjCNHqb5ggXWKuVhOzKBH_uvEmY8FbTw



#1
November 9, 2012 at 15:35:02

Well, making a bookmarklet out of this will disable it for the current page:
javascript:void(document.oncontextmenu=null)

Of course, you could just use a new search engine. DuckDuckGo is the hot new thing, and I prefer Bing's image search over Google's.

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#2
November 9, 2012 at 16:11:12

Razor2.3
Thx for your input and thoughts about search engines - will follow up.

As regards your script, I did the search for the page with the pdf on it, then copied your script into the address bar and hit Enter key. It was still the same when I copied the link - was that the wrong procedure?


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#3
November 9, 2012 at 16:27:43

Sounds right. All I can tell you is that it's working for me on IE8. Then again, I've more or less stopped using IE8 and Google, so yeah.

I'd look to see what events are bound to those links, but IE's developer tools can't seem to handle AJAX sites like Google, and I don't have this issue in Firefox.

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#4
November 9, 2012 at 16:59:01

Razor2.3
Weird, no go on Vista and Win7 with IE9 - in fact Vista shot me off to YouTube.
I guess Computers are like Bears (you just can't trust them).


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#5
November 12, 2012 at 18:24:28
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I had no problem using IE9. I used your search term, clicked the 1st one on the list, then copied the address from the browser. Could your PDF reader have anything to do with it? I use Foxit. And I had no problem when I right clicked, then clicked "properties" & copied it from there. I deliberately put a space after http so the whole address would show:

http ://secunia.com/gfx/pdf/Secunia%20PSI%202.0%20-%20Setup%20and%20usage%20guide.pdf

But right click & "copy shortcut" yields this:

http ://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=secunia%20psi%202.0%20-%20setup%20and%20usage%20guide.pdf&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fsecunia.com%2Fgfx%2Fpdf%2FSecunia%2520PSI%25202.0%2520-%2520Setup%2520and%2520usage%2520guide.pdf&ei=Ja6hUM6zIai30AG42oGoDg&usg=AFQjCNHqb5ggXWKuVhOzKBH_uvEmY8FbTw


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#6
November 12, 2012 at 19:30:54

riider

That's interesting. Hate to say I've still got Adobe on here - never gives any trouble, plenty of room for it, so I've never bothered to switch to Foxit. I know Foxit is good, I've used it in the past - so, as you say, that might make a difference.

Strangely that link now opens up inside a webpage on mine, so I've had to look at other similar examples.

Seems there are some alternatives - just requires a bit of cunning.

Using right click Properties I get the junk you posted in the last line, although right now I am on my old XP IE8, so that might be yet another variable. Originally I checked on Vista and Win7 too.

Out of curiosity did you try the idea from Razor2.3? I'm baffled as to why it didn't work for me on any machine.


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#7
November 16, 2012 at 12:38:42

I have a bad record for anyone responding to new posts of mine, so thanks to both of you for joining in.

I'll toss a coin and select Best Answer sometime when I'm certain this post is dead.

Thx again.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#8
November 17, 2012 at 08:18:50

riider

If you are still about, try this new "Google" search term using IE:
setup and usage guide - Secunia

I can't find any way of getting the true shortcut (only that long thing). If I double click it then it opens up the pdf so the address bar entry doesn't help.

OK on a "website" because you can just copy the address line.

OK on Firefox with the addon, and OK from IE if you use some other serch engine such as Bing.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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