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Q&A How do I copy an unencoded URL from my browser?

Whenever I copy and paste URLs from my browser, they end up being percent-encoded and completely unreadable. For example, the homepage URL of the Japanese version of Wikipedia, https://ja.wikipedi...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Quasímodo‭

#4: Post edited by user avatar Alexei‭ · 2021-05-27T16:24:54Z (about 3 years ago)
added relevant tag
  • Whenever I copy and paste URLs from my browser, they end up being [percent-encoded](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percent-encoding) and completely unreadable.
  • For example, the homepage URL of the Japanese version of Wikipedia, [https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/メインページ](https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8), becomes this monstrosity:
  • [https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8](https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8)
  • This happens even though the clean version of the URL displays in the browser's address bar.
  • Is there a quick and easy way to stop this from happening? I'm mostly interested in Edge and Firefox but solutions for other browsers would be appreciated.
  • []()Whenever I copy and paste URLs from my browser, they end up being [percent-encoded](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percent-encoding) and completely unreadable.
  • For example, the homepage URL of the Japanese version of Wikipedia, [https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/メインページ](https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8), becomes this monstrosity:
  • [https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8](https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8)
  • This happens even though the clean version of the URL displays in the browser's address bar.
  • Is there a quick and easy way to stop this from happening? I'm mostly interested in Edge and Firefox but solutions for other browsers would be appreciated.
#3: Post edited by user avatar Moshi‭ · 2021-05-24T20:23:48Z (about 3 years ago)
  • Whenever I copy and paste URLs from my browser, they end up being [percent-encoded](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percent-encoding) and completely unreadable.
  • For example, the homepage URL of the Japanese version of Wikipedia, [https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/メインページ](https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8), becomes this monstrosity:
  • [https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8](https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8)
  • This happens even though the clean version of the URL displays in the browser's address bar.
  • Is there a quick and easy way to stop this from happening?
  • Whenever I copy and paste URLs from my browser, they end up being [percent-encoded](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percent-encoding) and completely unreadable.
  • For example, the homepage URL of the Japanese version of Wikipedia, [https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/メインページ](https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8), becomes this monstrosity:
  • [https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8](https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8)
  • This happens even though the clean version of the URL displays in the browser's address bar.
  • Is there a quick and easy way to stop this from happening? I'm mostly interested in Edge and Firefox but solutions for other browsers would be appreciated.
#2: Post edited by user avatar Canina‭ · 2021-05-24T20:22:36Z (about 3 years ago)
more specific tag 'web-browsers' instead of 'browsers'
How do I copy an unencoded URL from my browser?
Whenever I copy and paste URLs from my browser, they end up being [percent-encoded](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percent-encoding) and completely unreadable.

For example, the homepage URL of the Japanese version of Wikipedia, [https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/メインページ](https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8), becomes this monstrosity:

[https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8](https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8)

This happens even though the clean version of the URL displays in the browser's address bar.

Is there a quick and easy way to stop this from happening?
#1: Initial revision by user avatar Moshi‭ · 2021-05-23T22:38:43Z (about 3 years ago)
How do I copy an unencoded URL from my browser?
Whenever I copy and paste URLs from my browser, they end up being [percent-encoded](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percent-encoding) and completely unreadable.

For example, the homepage URL of the Japanese version of Wikipedia, [https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/メインページ](https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8), becomes this monstrosity:

[https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8](https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8)

This happens even though the clean version of the URL displays in the browser's address bar.

Is there a quick and easy way to stop this from happening?