Clutter Free – advanced URL matching

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Advanced URL matching section provides two options for tweaking duplicate tab matching—ignore hash/fragment and ignore query/search.

Ignore hash and ignore query are now out of experimental features, and available to all users. However, please use these with caution as they may cause closing of non-duplicate tabs with similar URLs but different hash or query segments.

Ignore hash and query only on selected websites

There are some valid use cases for ignoring hash and query. For example, Google Sheets uses same URL but different hash for different sheets within the same spreadsheet. Enabling ignore hash will prevent opening multiple copies of the same spreadsheet on different tabs.

The new feature allows enabling ignore hash and ignore query only on selected websites. This is a much safer way than applying it for all websites.

The ignore setting is applied to the provided URL and its sub-paths. So, adding ‘docs.google.com/spreadsheets‘ will apply the setting for all Google Sheets. Similarly, applying ignore query for ‘www .amazon.co.uk‘ will prevent opening multiple Amazon search tabs, even for different products (if you so desire).

As this is an advanced feature, it is available only to supporters at the moment.

Others

  • Update: URL matching for detecting duplicates is now case sensitive.
  • Bug fix: Some notification texts were garbled after the last update.
  • Update: Summary of changes is now available in-extension, accessible from options page as ‘Update notes‘.

That’s all, folks!

Please share your feedback, including suggestions and any bugs you find using the feedback link on tab search or the options page.

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v. 8.22.14

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Clutter Free – list and close other tabs from same website

List or close other tabs from current domain—right-click menu

New action: List other tabs from the same website

It does what it says: opens tab search window to display all other open tabs for current website. This action works on the sub domain level (same as the domain blocklist). This means that ‘drive.google.com‘,  and ‘news.google.com‘ are treated as separate websites.

This action may be triggered using the right-click menu or (for supporters) a keyboard shortcut. The keyboard shortcut and right-click menu only work if Floating search window setting is enabled.

This action may also be triggered from inside the tab search page by clicking the website search button on a tab item (screenshot below).

Search for all tabs from this website
Search for all tabs from this website

 

New action: Close other tabs from the same website

This action is available to supporters only.

List or close other tabs from current domain—keyboard shortcuts
Custom keyboard shortcut: close other tabs from current domain

Triggering this action searches for and closes all other tabs from the same website as the current tab. This is equivalent to manually triggering the domain blocklist on the current domain.

The action may be triggered using a keyboard shortcut or the right-click menu.


That’s all, folks!

Please share your feedback, including suggestions and any bugs you find using the feedback link on tab search or the options page.

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v. 8.21.4

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Clutter Free – customise keyboard shortcut actions

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Customisable keyboard shortcut actions

Supporters can now assign custom actions for up to five keyboard shortcuts. Currently supported keyboard actions are:

  1. Open tab search window¹
  2. Show list of duplicate tabs¹
  3. Duplicate current tab
  4. Close all duplicate tabs
  5. Toggle between active and passive modes
  6. Add current webpage URL or domain to allow/block list
  7. Add current webpage domain to domain block-list²
  8. Pin or un-pin current tab
  9. Suspend or un-suspend current tab³
  10. Move current tab to first or last position in current Chrome window
  11. Open Clutter Free options page
  12. Open Chrome settings page

I may add more options for keyboard shortcut actions to support any new features or based on feedback suggestions. So please share your feedback using the feedback button on tab search or the options page.

For non-supporters, the original set of keyboard actions continue to be available:

  1. Duplicate current tab
  2. Toggle between active and passive modes
  3. Add current webpage URL to allow/block list
  4. Move current tab to last position in current Chrome window
  5. Add current webpage domain to allow/block list

Other updates

  • Minor updates to notifications and tab search screen

That’s all, folks!

Please share your feedback, including suggestions and any bugs you find using the feedback link on tab search or the options page.

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v. 8.20.8

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Clutter Free – more tab actions, and ‘ignore query’

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More tab actions—pin and move in window

New tab actions added to tab search window:

  1. Move tab to first position in its window (after pinned tabs, if any),
  2. Move tab to the last position in its window
  3. Pin or un-pin tabs (supporters only)

This is in addition to previous tab actions:

  1. Duplicate tabs
  2. Add tab to allow/block list
  3. Add tab’s domain to allow/block list
  4. Suspend or un-suspend tab (supporters only)
  5. Open tab in a new window

Tabs can also be pinned/un-pinned using the keyboard shortcut ‘p‘.

New search keyword—pinned tabs

Use ‘is:pinned‘ to search only pinned tabs. ‘-is:pinned‘ searches only in unpinned tabs.

This keyword may be used together with regular search words and the ‘is:suspended‘ keyword.

New: Copy tabs to clipboard

Use the copy button, next to the tab count, in tab search window to copy tabs to clipboard.

  • Copies tab title and URL
  • Copies tabs filtered in tabs list
  • For suspended tabs, the original URL is copied

Use the setting on options page to specify the format of copied text—plain text, Markdown, or URLs only.

New: Ignore query when comparing duplicates

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‘Ignore query’ option is now available as an experimental option (bottom of options page). When enabled, the query portion of the URL is ignore when preventing duplicates. E.g. ‘https://www.google.com/‘ and ‘https://www.google.com/?hl=hi‘ will appear as duplicates.

Enabling this setting may cause unexpected behaviour on many sites. Using the query parameter to refer to distinct content is a common web practice.

Other updates

  • Suspend tab button is disabled for chrome:// and chrome-extension:// tabs as these can’t be suspended by The Great Suspender
  • Bug fix: Selected tab lost focus after an action in tab search
  • delete, home, end, and enter keys were not working in filter text input field

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Clutter Free – suspend and unsuspend tabs

Suspend, unsuspend and search suspended tabs

Suspend and un-suspend tabs

When The Great Suspender is detected as installed, the tab search window will show an additional tab action—to suspend a tab, or to activate a suspended tab.

Additionally, search for suspended tabs with ‘is:suspended’ tag in search. Search for active tabs with ‘-is:suspended​’. These tags can be combined with other keywords, e.g. ‘amazon is:suspended’ to search for suspended amazon tabs.

Suspended tabs are shown with a dull grey background.

Keyboard shortcut

Keyboard shortcuts to suspend and unsuspend tab

Finally, the selected tab may also be suspended using the keyboard shortcut ‘s‘ and unsuspended with keyboard shortcut ‘u‘.

This feature is only available to supporters using The Great Suspender extension.

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Clutter Free – allow list and block list

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Allow and block lists

Clutter Free now supports two modes of controlling which sites and pages are allowed to have duplicates:

Allow list
When the allow list is used, Clutter Free will prevent duplicates of all pages, except those in the allow list.

Block list
When the block list is used, Clutter Free will prevent duplicates only for pages and domains specified in the block list. All other websites and pages will be allowed to have duplicates.

The old whitelist feature is replaced by the allow and block lists. The whitelist entries have been added to the allow list, and allow list is enabled by default.


Domain block list

The domain block list provides an even stricter control over tabs from specific domains. Only one tab is allowed for any domains listed in the domain block list.

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The domain block list considers subdomains, other than www., as separate from the parent domain and each other. E.g. blocking ‘mail.google.com‘ will prevent opening multiple Gmail tabs, but won’t prevent opening Google Sheets or Search in another tab.

The domain block list also over-rules the allow and block lists. If the same domain is in both lists, the domain block list takes priority.

The domain block list is now a supporter-only feature. Non-supporters who have it enabled at the time of this change will still be able to use it.


Bug Fixes and other updates

  1. Update: Faster switching of tabs on selection in tab search window.
  2. Bug Fix: Domains were not being added to allow list (prev. whitelist).

 
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Clutter Free – Settings export & import, and bug fixes

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Settings export and import section

Settings – export and import

Set up different browser profiles to identical settings using the ‘Export settings‘ and ‘Import settings‘ options.

Settings export and import are available on the options page: Options​»About Clutter Free»Export/Import settings.

All Clutter Free settings are exported, including the URL whitelist and the domain blacklist. Exported settings are downloaded as a text file. This text file is not in a human readable format, and must not be changed.

After installing Clutter Free in a different browser profile, import the settings by importing the previously saved export file.

Clutter Free will only import settings after verifying the integrity of the imported file. If the file has been modified, the import may fail.

Bug Fixes and other updates

  1. Bug Fix: Clicking on direct switch links sometimes jumps to unrelated tabs. Clutter Free now has an additional check before switching. If the check fails, the link is clicked as normal.
  2. Bug Fix: In rare case, Clutter Free blocks duplicate new tab pages. Specifically, Momentum extension’s new tab URL has been now added to the whitelist.

That’s all, folks!

Please share your feedback, including suggestions and any bugs you find using this link.

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Clutter Free – Attached window mode, window location & some bug fixes

Tab Search – Floating and attached window modes

Tab search window may now be opened in either of two modes:

  1. Floating window mode – This is the default behaviour. It provides full functionality of tab search and duplicates list.
  2. Attached window mode. This is equivalent to the old popup behaviour. The tab search popup appears next to extension button, and closes automatically when clicked anywhere outside it.

A few features are not supported in the attached window mode:

  1. Highlighted tab is not automatically focused in the browser. Pressing ‘enter‘ or clicking on a tab in the list switches to the selected tab, and closes the search window.
  2. Keyboard shortcuts to switch (‘Ctrl+Tab‘ and ‘Ctrl+Shift+Tab‘) between ‘Tab Search’, ‘Duplicate Tabs List’, and ‘Actions’ tabs in the popup window do not work .
  3. Keyboard shortcuts to jump (‘Ctrl+1/2/3‘) to ‘Tab Search’, ‘Duplicate Tabs List’, and ‘Actions’ tabs in the popup window may not work on Windows and Linux. They work as usual on macOS.

Switch popup behaviour between floating and attached window modes in options: Options​»Tab Search»Floating search window.

Toggle floating and attached window modes
Toggle floating and attached window modes in settings

Tab Search –  Floating window size and position

In floating window mode, Clutter Free now remembers the location and size of the window. When resized or moved around the screen, the window will next open in the same location and size.

Other updates

  1. Extension states – ‘on‘ and ‘off‘ – are now called ‘active mode‘ and ‘passive mode‘, respectively.
    This change better signals that even in off/passive state, the extension still detects duplicate tabs. It just does not automatically close them.
    In active mode, Clutter Free automatically closes detected duplicate tabs.
  2. Bug Fix: Closing two documents (or sheets or slides) from Google Drive (drive.google.com) sent one of the tabs in an infinite reload loop. This is now fixed.
    There is another unrelated bug with a similar reload loop with Drive documents when one is opened in a different window. It is still unfixed.

That’s all, folks!

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Clutter Free – Dark mode in tab search (Supporters only)

If you are like me – dark theme system wide, and brightness and contrast turned low – then you may like this update.

A dark theme is now available in the tab search window. It applies consistently across all three tabs – search, duplicates and actions. The theme may be chosen on the options page, or quickly switched from the actions tab.

The dark theme is only available to supporters.

Other updates

  1. The direct switch indicator marks links that are already open in another tab. The indicator icon now takes a slightly darker shade on lighter pages, and a lighter shade on pages with dark backgrounds.
  2. Links in the footer – feedback, other apps, update notes – are gently highlighted when hovered.
  3. Bug fix – ‘Ignore hash’ setting had stopped working after the last update
  4. Potential bug fix – Updated some code to ensure multiple tab search windows do not open

That’s all, folks!

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Clutter Free – List duplicate tabs, and duplicate indicator

Duplicate tabs indicator

A small red dot appears on the Clutter Free button when there are duplicate tabs open1.


The dot indicates that there are two extra menu options available in the popup, and in the context menu (right-clicking) of the Clutter Free button.

Duplicate tabs list

List of duplicate tabs open

The duplicate tabs list is currently only available to supporters. It will be available to all users from mid-January 2019.

See a list of duplicate tabs when the red duplicate indicator dot is on. This list may be opened from the duplicate tabs notification, Clutter Free button context menu, or the Clutter Free popup actions.

We may close individual tabs from the list by clicking the ‘ב button, or we may close all duplicates using the ‘Close all duplicate tabs‘ action on top. Hovering on the ‘Close all duplicate tabs’ action highlights the tabs that will be closed. Original tabs are marked with a tab layer icon on the left. Pinned tabs are also identified with a pin.

Keyboard actions available in the duplicate tabs list:

  • Up‘/’Down‘: Select previous/next tab in the list
  • Enter‘: Focus selected tab in the browser
  • Delete‘: Close selected tab
  • Esc‘: Clear selection
  • F1‘/’?‘: Show available keyboard shortcuts

Other updates

  • When more than one on-page context menus are available, they are grouped under a ‘Clutter Free’ menu – parent menu text shortened to just the extension name
  • Removed donation links from the extension
  • Removed some bugs

That’s all, folks!

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