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Our site is using Greek characters for some pages. So in Webmaster Tools -> Crawl -> Crawl Errors, the URLs are shown in a format like:


Other people told me that they see in their computers URLs with Greek characters and not by "percent" encoding.

I tried a lot of setup in different browsers, but didn't have any success.

Is there any way to see them properly in Google Webmaster Tools?

(I am using Win XP, if that matters ...)

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By "see them properly", do you mean see these URLs with Greek characters in your web browser, in Google Webmaster Tools, or something else? – dan Jan 27 '14 at 15:54
Yes, I would like to see the Webmasters' list with Greek characters and not % coded. Because in order to see the urls that google found an error, I have to click (one at a time) the list entries, then click into the "Server Error" popup window that has a "copy" of the url (again in % coded), and finally wait for the browser to see the "decoded" url. But if I re-directions in .htaccess include that error, I see the new url and not the initial. So at the moment I download the list, insert it in an Excel, and then run a macro (in VBA) that translates the % coded urls. – AlexKots Jan 31 '14 at 23:26
@AlexKots: Instead of clicking, you could hover over the links (browsers typically show the "readable" version in the status bar). – unor Feb 16 '15 at 13:57

Webmaster Tools always shows URLs with percent encoded URLs. Browsers usually show the URLs to users unencoded in the URL bar for usability. Behind the scenes, when the browser requests the URL from your server, it sends it percent encoded.

Even in your web browser, it is not always possible to get the "pretty" URL easily. Despite the fact that Firefox shows me the pretty version, when I copy and paste it I get the percent encoded version:

dmoz pretty url


The real canonical URL for your pages has the percent encodings. Google likes to deal with canonical URLs. They will always use the percent encoded version internally and in Webmaster Tools.

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