I'm currently writing a powershell function that (in the end, hopefully) will function identically to Google's advanced search in order to help teach myself scripting. Using this blog article I was able to put most of the functionality together, but noticed that when trying to 'start' a url with quotes in it, it doesn't function the way I expect it to.

For example, when I put the following in powershell:

start "http://google.com/search?&as_q=hi&as_oq=`"there+how+are`"+you"

Chrome will launch with the url without the "'s around 'there+how+are'.

If I put the URL in manually, without the gravemarkers, it works as expected.

I'm on Windows 10. My default browser is google chrome.


  • Not certain (hence comment, not answer), but I think you can do start --% "http...... The --% tells PS to stop parsing the remainder of the command. – Twisty Impersonator Sep 18 '17 at 2:37
  • Doesn't seem to work. I think it's causing Powershell to stop recognizing that the enclosed value is a url and needs to be launched in a web browser. I also tried using start chrome.exe --% "url" and that didn't seem to work either; however, I think I may have found a potential workaround that answers my question, which I will post below. – mystbinder Sep 18 '17 at 21:42

One can use url encoding for special characters - i.e. %20 is equivalent to having a single space in the url. It turns out %22 is equivalent to double quotes. See this w3schools link for a large list of url encodings.

With that information, it follows that this command does the trick:

start "http://google.com/search?&as_q=hi&as_oq=%22there+how+are%22+you"

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