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Get URL from Symbian browser

One of the questions many Symbian users might have had:
How to get the URL of the currently visited website from a Symbian browser?
For me this question arose when I programmed Shorten, an application to create short URL's with the bit.ly URL shortening service on Symbian S60 smartsphones.
Below you can find step by step instructions on how to copy the URL of the currently visited website to the clipboard from some widely used Symbian browsers.

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Comparison

Number of steps (clicks or touches) needed to copy the URL of the currently visited website to the clipboard and to return to the website. Sorted by the sum of steps.

Browser
Sum of steps
Steps to copy URL Steps to return to website view
Skyfire 3 3 0
Opera Mobile 4 3 1
Opera Mini 5.1 Beta 4 3 1
Opera Mini 5.1
Fullscreen edit: On
7 5 2
Opera Mini 5.1
Fullscreen edit: Off
11 8 3
S60 Browser 3rd Edition FP2
15 12 3

Note This comparison evaluates only one very specific feature of mobile browsers. The most suitable mobile browser for any individual use case is determined by many more features (e.g. transferred data volume, memory usage).

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Skyfire 3rd Edition

Evaluated version: 1.50 15495
Copy URL Return to website
  1. * Star key 
  2. # Hash key (long press)
  3. Copy (left softkey)
automatic
Note Page is reloaded automatically.
Informations about Skyfire can be found on the Skyfire website.
Install Skyfire by visiting m.skyfire.com with the S60 default browser.
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Opera Mobile

Evaluated version: 10.00 499
Copy URL Return to website
  1. Menu (left softkey)
  2. Edit
    long press until pop up menu is shown
    or press 1 on devices with keypad
  3. Copy
  1. Back
Informations about Opera Mobile can be found on the Opera website.
Install Opera Mobile by visiting m.opera.com with the S60 default browser.
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Opera Mini 5.1 Beta

Evaluated version: 5.1.22395

Opposed to Opera Mini 5.1 that is a Java MIDP Midlet and thus cannot access the operating system clipboard directly, Opera Mini 5.1 Beta is a native application that can access the operating system clipboard directly.

Copy URL Return to website
  1. Menu (left softkey)
  2. Edit
    long press until pop up menu is shown
    or press 1 on devices with keypad
  3. Copy
  1. Back
Informations about Opera Mobile can be found on the Opera website.
Install Opera Mobile by visiting m.opera.com with the S60 default browser.
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Opera Mini 5.1

Evaluated version: 5.1.21214
 
Opera Mini 5.1 is a Java MIDP Midlet and thus cannot access the operating system clipboard directly. Depending on the set fullscreen edit mode, different numbers of steps are needed to copy the currently visited URL to the operating system clipboard.
Fullscreen edit mode can be set in Opera Mini via:
Settings -> Advanced -> Fullscreen edit: On/Off
 
Fullscreen edit: On
Copy URL Return to website
1. Menu (left softkey)
2. Edit
3. - 5. Mark and copy URL
Mark by long # (hash) key press and simultanously navi key.
  1. Cancel
  2. Back
 
Fullscreen edit: Off
Copy URL Return to website
1. Menu (left softkey)
2. Edit
3. Options
4. + 5. Fullscreen Edit
6. - 8.  Mark and copy URL
Mark by long # (hash) key press and simultaneously navi key.
  1. Cancel
  2. Cancel
  3. Back
Note The Copy option visible in step 3. copies the URL to the Opera Mini internal clipboard, not the operating system clipboard.

Informations about Opera Mini can be found on the 
Opera website.
Install Opera Mini by visiting m.opera.com with the S60 default browser.
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S60 Browser 3rd Edition FP2

Evaluated version: BrowserNG/7.1.19424
On a Nokia E75 with software version 202.12.01.
Copy URL Return to website
1. Options (left softkey)
2.-3. Web page options
4.-7. Send
8. Send: Via message
9. Scroll to body
10.-12. Mark and copy URL
Mark by long # (hash) key press and navi key simultaneously.
  1. Close
  2. Delete
  3. Select
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