Copying links from google search results

Stop getting a garbled mess every time you try to copy a link from search results. Google’s search page is a collection of links. Try to copy those links, however, and you end up with a series of seemingly random letter and numbers. Google uses these far-longer-than-necessary URLs to help track who is clicking which searches, which in turn helps make search results better, but they can be downright annoying when you need to copy and paste a link from Google for a friend. They’re ugly:

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CEwQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.makeuseof.com%2F&ei=wSArUPj0E5Gu8QSd1IGYDg&usg=AFQjCNET_hI9VptfwU-R4oSaJjjI-f0jgA&cad=rja

And you can’t understand it. However, There are a number of good solutions. The easiest solution is to install this add-on for Firefox:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/google-search-link-fix/?src=cb-dl-hotness

But there are other options as well, described here:

How To Copy Crap-Free URLs From Google’s Search Results

http://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/31028/google-copy-link-location-annoyance

http://blog.teusink.net/2009/09/greasemonkey-script-to-change-google.html

Cheers!