A URL is a Uniform Resource Locator or Universal Resource Locator, a unique string of characters that identifies a reference to a resource on the internet. It can be used as a readable text address to redirect users to the internet resource.

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What is the reason that file URLs start with three slashes: “file:///” etc?

I was wondering why file URLs have 3 slashes in front. For example, if I were to read a pdf file using chrome, the URL would be file:///D:/Desktop/Book.pdf. This seems totally unnecessary. Since ...
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Why does Firefox use the “chrome://” protocol / schema in URLs?

When I want to configure an addon, for example Ghostery, the tab shows a URL like this one: chrome://ghostery/content/options.html What does it mean? Does it have something to do with the Chrome ...
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In modern webbrowsers is there any point in putting www infront of a url that uses it?

When going to www.facebook.com or www.cbc.ca is there any benefit or difference made by omitting the www? EDIT: so it could be a problem if www is omitted but not automatically added, could it ever ...
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I regularly see gstatic.com in the status bar, what is that domain? [closed]

Sometimes when I am browsing the web, among the hostnames that fly by in the statusbar is one that includes gstatic.com as the base domain. I can't navigate to http://gstatic.com to gain any more ...
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In a URL, what is // for? [closed]

Typically, when I see //, it's usualy following some protocol prefix like http: or ftp:. I have never seen it placed anywhere else. For example, http://www.google.com/ is a typical URL. However, ...
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Can I create a link to a specific email message in Outlook?

I use Outlook as my email client at work, but I don't want to use it to manage my tasks and todos. (Instead I use plain text files and Emacs org-mode.) Since many todo items start out as mails in my ...
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Is there a method to export the URLs of the open tabs of a Firefox window?

If I have a Firefox window open that contains 10 tabs, is there a way in Firefox or by a plug-in to get the URLs of those 10 tabs as a text file or some other format? Right now if I want to do this I ...
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How to download a URL as a file?

A website URL has "hidden" some MP3 files by embedding them as Shockwave files, as follows. <span class="caption"><!-- Odeo player --><embed ...
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Does https encrypt URLs, too?

This is fairly easy. If I go to https://webserver.com/someurl?a=b, will the someurl?a=b part be protected, or just the contents of the site?
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Can you launch Remote Desktop via URL?

Is it possible to have a URL that launches a remote desktop session? I realize it may be considered a security vulnerability for some, but the convenience would really save me a lot of time. I ...
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What does the www8 or www6 in a URL mean?

I see some sites with urls such as www8.example.com or www6.example.com, but I don't know what www8 or www6 mean. Does anyone know what this means and if it's different from a URL that just has www?
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Can I use multiple URLs in the URL field of KeePass?

I am using KeePass version 2.19. What I would like to do is have more than just one URL address associated with a given user name and password. The entry for a given website might look something like ...
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What is “o-o---preferred---yh---www.google.com”?

I am using Google search in Chrome and I noticed that the URL looks very strange. I searched something and I got normal results. Somehow, the URL in the address bar just caught my eye and it looked ...
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How do I configure custom URL handlers on OS X?

I've been reading a lot online about custom URL handlers / custom protocol handlers such as: Launching External Applications using Custom Protocols under OSX OS X URL handler to open links to local ...
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Make Google Chrome's address bar prefer page titles to domain names when offering completions?

I've recently switched from Firefox to Chrome, and the thing I miss most from Firefox is the "Awesome Bar" that suggests completions for what I type primarily based on page titles, and then ...
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Is Windows caching the URLs of internet shortcut files?

Let's say I have links for two searches on the web: "search 1" and "search 2" on Google. The URLs would then be: https://www.google.com/#q=search1 https://www.google.com/#q=search2 I create ...
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How can I unhide the http:// in Firefox 7?

I've recently switched to FF7 through the Aurora PPA on KUbuntu. For whatever reason, they've decided to start removing http:// from the address bar: Whenever I edit a link (so that I can paste it ...
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Software to automate the download of a list of URLs

Let's say I have a list of URLs as follows: http://creamteam.tv/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/10-Chinatown.mp3 http://mp3muffin.com/train/burbs.mp3 ...
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wget with url that contains #

I am trying to download a url that is like http://www.somesite.com/restaurants.html#photo=22x00085 I put it in between single quotes but it only downloads http://www.somesite.com/restaurants.html ...
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How can I send an Outlook 2007 email containing a linked image?

I want to send an Outlook email that contains an externally hosted image, but I can find no options in the UI that lets me do this. I want to insert the image's URL somehow, and have it appear as an ...
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How to prevent Firefox from hiding the 'http://' URL prefix?

I upgraded to Firefox 7.0.1 and the 'Google Shortener' stops working. I think this happens because in Firefox 7.0.1 the http:// URL prefix is now hidden by default. How do I get the http:// back in ...
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How can I open a URL on a schedule in the default browser?

I'm looking for a mechanism to open a single URL in the user's current default browser on a schedule/recurring basis. I know that if I was writing .Net code to do this, I could simply do something ...
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What is the Mac equivalent of the file:// URL?

I want to look at some options that will help to manage the size of an Exchange mailbox. There are lots of utilities out there that will extract an attachment from an email and replace it with a ...
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Xargs and Wget stops working after an hour

Running script with Cygwin on Windows XP with Dual Core and 4GB Ram cat url_list.txt | xargs -P50 wget -i I am trying to trawl through 4GB of URL to download (approx 43 Million) Works okay for ...
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How to prevent Firefox converting 'localhost/*' URLs into search queries?

Since upgrading from Firefox 3.6.x, my address bar has a quirk that never used to be there. When I type in, for example: localhost/my_dir/index.php Firefox turns it into a search query, my search ...
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Do browsers change URLs of saved bookmarks in response to 301 redirection?

HTTP status code 301 is used to indicate that content has moved permanently, and that the returned URL should be used to access the requested content in future. RFC 2616 says Clients with link ...
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Why does internet explorer 8 fail to locate jpg files that other browsers can find?

The following URL doesn't display for me in Internet Explorer 8. I even tried compatibility mode and it didn't fix the issue. http://beat.com.au/sites/default/files/images/_DSC5596.jpg It appears ...
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How do I make a link to a url using Markdown?

OK, here is a url that I tried linking to in an answer on [this] page: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Expanded_columns_in_folders_pane_(Thunderbird) If you click on the link, you will see that the link ...
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How to get the URL of the frame in chrome browser

I want to check my URL is correct redirected (parameter etc.) in Chrome. In the address bar only the main URL is listed. In IE all you need is right-click -> Properties. How to obtain the same in ...
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Username in the address for an FTP site

I have set up a number of an FTP sites using IIS7.5. The sites use hostnames to differentiate between them. One drawback of using hostnames is that you have to pass the address of the ftp site into ...
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Why the difference in the URL formatting?

Why is that some URL's end with .html while some do not, while most of them are HTML pages? Why is that some URL's begin with www and some do not, while all of them are on World Wide Web?
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Why do Cyrillic letter in URL domain appears so strange?

Short explanation: Why does russian characters in domain name in URL перезагрузкаопмо.рф get mapped to some randomness like this: http://xn--80aaigamcyttbbjfe2c.xn--p1ai. Please note, I am not ...
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How do I copy hyperlinks in non-encoded format in Firefox?

When I copy the following URL from FireFox https://example.com/away.php?to=http://example.com/page/42 and then paste, I get a link like: ...
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How to get the URL of a Gmail or other webapp page in Chrome “application shortcut” mode?

In the google chrome web browser, if you want to copy the URL of the current page, in normal browser mode, you'd just copy the URL out of the address bar. But when your web app is running in the ...
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How can I edit RSS feed address/URL in Apple Mail?

How can I easily edit / modify / change the address of an RSS feed URL / address in Apple Mail? I am on OS X 10.6.8, Mail 4.5. I found information on how to use terminal to export the list of feeds, ...
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Display local images in Chrome using file:// protocol

I'd like to be able to specify a local file path for an image on a web page delivered via http using Chrome - is this possible? I remember doing this using IE but cannot think how! Some trusted ...
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Where are possible fragments in Excel URLs documented?

When creating links to Excel files it is possible to add a fragment to the URL in order to specify a specific location (e.g. a certain sheet) which should be opened when the link is followed. See, for ...
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Possible to catch URLs in linux?

There is a great program for windows (URL Snooper: http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/urlsnooper/index.html) that allows you to view all URLs being requested on the machine. Does any such ...
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Directory of URL Schemes for Mac Apps

Is there a directory of all the Mac Apps that support URL Schemes? A URL Scheme is a custom url that launches the app and might perform an action. omnifocus:// The above URL scheme works for ...
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Chrome Equivalent of %s address bar trick in Firefox [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a Google Chrome extension that acts like Firefox’s keyword quicksearch bookmarks? I was curious if there was an equivalent technique in Chrome to do address bar ...
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How do you manually add a RSS feed to IE8?

I need to add a RSS feed manually to IE8 (i.e. not using the orange button). I just want to be able to input the URL. Edit: While my specific problem has gone away, this question still needs an ...
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How can I disable the file:// protocol in Firefox?

How to disable file:// protocol in firefox I want the users not to browse the local files on the machine. I already disabled SaveAs and OpenFile functions. I want user not to browse the local files ...
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Is there an application to open links on another computer?

I'm connecting from OSX to a Windows computer via RDP. I would like to click on links inside my RDP session and have the links open in a browser on my client computer. It feels like I could install ...
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Chrome - Copy/Paste URL from Address Bar retains font formatting

When you copy and paste a URL from the address bar of FireFox or IE it is put on the clipboard as plain text. When you copy and paste a URL from the address bar of Chrome it is put on the clipboard ...
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Domain name with a dot and Ctrl+Enter

When I write superuser in Firefox address bar then pressing the Ctrl+Enter keys, Firefox goes to the superuser.com. But when I write for example math.stackexchange that has a dot in its domain name ...
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Is Python only for building backends in making websites?

I have seen no website built by Python such that the url of the website contains .py at the end. I have seen only index.html and index.php, but sometimes nothing as in SO. I know that you can hide the ...
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Find what URL an EXE file is sending data to

How can I monitor an EXE file when it is running to see what URL it is connecting to? I assume there must be free software out there that can do this fairly easily?
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Symlink to a URL

Is there any way to create a symbolic link to a URL? Update: I need to symlink it to an HTTP URL. Update: The reason I want to do this is so that I can move this symlink to another computer without ...
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What Firefox functionality do I use to rewrite and open the URL of the active page?

Our university provides a proxy service that allows me to browse websites as if I was online via the university network. However, lazy as I am, I get tired of going to the URL edit field in Firefox ...
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Website URL hiding/hiding file

Some websites, no matter what page you're on, always just show their domain name in the address bar and nothing else. And many show the folders, e.g. http://superuser.com/questions/ask, but don't ...