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Search Engine minify url (location bar)

By Motty Katan Last update Jan 21, 2012 — Installed 1,244 times.

Script Summary: Removes all extra unneeded/long url (location bar) when searching Bing/Google/Yahoo! Motty Katan(c) 13-01-2012 last updated 14-01-2012



Mozilla and Chrome compatible.

Google/Bing/Yahoo! text search only. Removes everything from the querystring when searching (except of course the text you searched for).

The URL on your browser/sniffer whatever will be transformed from a to b:
a. = http://www.google.com/search?hl=XX&q=STRING&oq=...
http://www.bing.com/search?q=STRING&go=&qs=n&sk...
b. = http://www.google.com/search?q=STRING
http://www.bing.com/search?q=STRING

Open issues:

  • Switching from images/video etc. back to search results with long URL
  • Major: Inside images/video etc. redirect to web search but afterwards, it's possible to switch again to the desired tab with no more consequences.
  • Bing: when the suggestions are open an added "sc=some number" is added.
  • Bing: remove &FORM... at the end of function every url). For example when clicking on Bing's Logo the URL has bing.com/?FORM=STRING
  • Chrome: pressing on enter keyboard key results with long url (currently not supported).
  • Yahoo! issues with enter keyboard key - long URL.
  • While trying to deal with Enter key in chrome, I'm causing now the Yahoo! button to be a bit shorter in width than it should be. No text emissions