Clutter Free – In-tab notifications, better notification controls, and reopen duplicate tab

Notifications upgrades

New notification style

The new notification style shows notifications inside the browser. They appear in the bottom right of the webpages, and make access to notification actions easily available.

Some other features:

  • Notifications auto-dismiss after a short delay,
    • Informational notifications (e.g. URL whitelisted) disappear quickly — 15/30s
    • Actionable notifications (e.g. Duplicate closed in background) stay longer — 60s
  • Notifications don’t clutter the desktop notification center, nor trigger the notification sound, and
  • Notifications have pertinent action buttons directly accessible across all OSes.

All notifications may be dismissed directly by using the staggered lines (☰) icon on top left of the notifications.

Notification settings are directly accessible from the gear icon (⚙) on top right of the notifications

Notification settings

Notification settings have been updated to provide finer control over notifications.

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Updated notification settings

Define notification style to use for each kind of notification – the new ClutterFree style, or the default Chrome notifications. Individual notifications may also be switched off individually.

Theme for the ClutterFree notifications – dark or light – may also be switched from settings.

New: Notify when a duplicate tab, to be opened in the background is prevented.

When a new duplicate tab is opened in the background – by using ‘Open in new tab’ action or Ctrl/Cmd-click – ClutterFree will close the tab and notify on the screen.

The two actions on this notification allow to switch to the previously open tab, or force open the duplicate (for when you really want a duplicate).

This notification is only available as an in-browser notification.

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Clutter Free – v. 2018.0822.5.10

Setting: Ignore hash/fragments in URLs

Added an option to ignore hash/fragment sections in URLs when comparing for duplicates.

Enable this functionality in Options ⇒ Advanced Settings ⇒ Ignore Hash. It is disabled by default, and not recommended.

When enabled, two tabs with URLs: ‘c306.net/apps‘ and ‘c306.net/apps/#clutterfreeCard‘ will be considered duplicates and one of them closed. This is the expected behaviour if the fragment points to a section in the same page. However, in many modern web apps, the fragment may point to a different page that you may want to open separately. In this scenario, the ignore hash setting will wrongly close the second tab as duplicate.

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Introducing: Direct switch – fast switching to open tabs from links

Direct Switch

Lightening quick switch to previously open tabs.

Direct switch links are highlighted with the Clutter Free mark ( cf16 ) next to them1.

Clicking on a highlighted link will directly switch to the open tab. No delays, no web response time, no additional web data usage.

Your other settings, like ‘Refresh original tab‘ will also be respected when direct switching. Links that aren’t detected by direct switch automatically, e.g. URL shorteners, Twitter, and Facebook links, will still be detected same as before, but without the speed of direct switch

Other Updates

  1. Improved the options page, with 2 key sections – General settings, and Appearance. Defaults have also changed, and some little-used settings hidden/removed.
  2. Added automatic extension updates. The extension now updates without having to wait for a browser or computer restart.
  3. New, greyed-out icon cf-disabled16 to indicate when the extension is switched off.
  4. If “Don’t move” is selected under Options > Advanced Settings > Duplicate tab position, a notification is shown when a duplicate link is opened in background. Link has options to switch to the original tab, and to go to settings.

Bug fixes

  1. When a duplicate was opened in a new window, sometimes both the original and the duplicate tab were closed.
  2. Original pages were always refreshed, even when Refresh original page setting was off.
  3. Temporarily removed Ignore Hash setting. It is still available for anyone who has it enabled.

Clutter Free - Version 2017.0525.3.16


  1.  If you don’t want the logo appearing next to links, it can be disabled under Settings > Appearance > Highlight duplicate links
  2. Default behaviour is to move the tab to the location where duplicate would have appeared – usually the tab after the one where the link was opened from. This behaviour can be changed from Options > Advanced Settings > Duplicate tab position