Skip videos, Q&As and AI texts: get to Google web results faster

When I search for something on Google, I usually just want a list of links to websites as a result. I rarely use the video recommendations, question-and-answer boxes or preview suggestions with images and further information above the web search results. Or to put it another way: I want to have a classic search results list on Google without any bells and whistles. And that's exactly why there's a trick for the address bar, which I'll explain in more detail below.

TL;DR: At the end of the URL &udm=14 Insert and press Enter

To use Google's Web View, I used the udm-14 trick in the address bar. This works in every browser. In Chrome you can also make this the default.
To use Google's Web View, I used the udm-14 trick in the address bar. This works in every browser. In Chrome you can also make this the default.

Limit Google search results with &udm=14 to website list

As shown in the screenshot comparison above, the Google results list is limited to the classic list view if you add “&udm=14” (without the quotation marks) to the URL in the address bar and confirm this as a new page view. This works for both short URLs and long addresses that already contain several factors with & enumeration. Another advantage for the search is that the advertising results that would otherwise appear at the top of the list are removed.

There is currently a lot of hype surrounding the “udm-14 trick” – especially in the USA, where Google already uses AI to provide summaries and answers as a section of text above the actual search results. If you want the so-called web view without having to click on a corresponding button, just tinker around with the address bar. However, I found out that I don't have to do this every time I want to use Google Web View. I can also set this as the default.

Set up Google Web View as the default search engine in the browser

Pretty much everyone Web browser offers the ability to set up a default search engine. This is then used to find answers and websites for search queries that you enter in the program's address bar. This means you don't have to go to the provider's website first. So in order to use Google's so-called Web View every time I start a search via the address bar, I have to look for a browser that allows individual URLs for setting up the search engine.

Unfortunately this doesn't work in Safari, but it can be done in Chrome, for example. After opening the Chrome browser, the procedure looks like this:

  1. In the menu bar Chrome -> Settings ... choose file
  2. In the settings on the left search engine click
  3. Right up Manage search engines and website search here
  4. Besides Site search on Add click and an option with the URL https://www.google.com/search?q=%s&udm=14 invest
  5. Click on the three dots to the right of the new entry and Set as standard choose file

A more or less good alternative: Use another search engine

Personally, I usually search along Ecosia or DuckDuckGo, and haven't used Google for years. I only use Google for certain search queries for which I can't get any further with the two alternatives. For most search queries, however, it makes no difference where you send them. And that's why I tend to prefer the search aids that are still less used. 

This is worthwhile, for example, for searches whose results hardly produce any videos or instructions. Because here too, these things are included in the results, but not necessarily. A normal query can therefore produce clearer lists. In the test, Ecosia responded to the udm-14 trick (applied via the address bar) by removing the advertising results at the top of the page. DuckDuckGo doesn't respond at all to &udm=14. If you know a URL trick for the pure “web view” for both of them, please leave a comment :)

Sources: 1, 2

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