"Copy Link Address" v. "Copy Clean Link"

I have so far not seen any difference between using the “Copy Link Address” and “Copy Clean Link” right-click options.

I see the same result whenever I copy-&-paste a link using either option.

What is different about them?

Not having received a reply, I’m posting this just to keep the topic alive & kicking.
I still have not seen any difference between these two options.
The result is invariably the same.

Any thoughts, @Mattches?

We have a support article for this:

If you are not seeing the difference, then that means the links that you are testing do not have any “clutter” that is deemed to be removed when using the Copy clean link option.

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@Mattches Thanks, I also don’t see the same dropdown options that are shown in the support article. (Maybe because I’m on a Mac and the article cited the Windows options?)

To date I haven’t seen even one instance of a difference between “Copy Link Address” and “Copy Clean Link”.


Support article:

Yes, you are seeing the difference between the macOS context menu and the Windows context menu. The Copy clean link option functions exactly the same.

If you’re interested in seeing a full list of links that get trimmed, one can be viewed here:

If you’d like a concrete example of how the feature works, please visit the following URL:

Once you land on the page, observe the URL displayed in the address bar. Then, right-click on the URL and select Copy clean link. Paste the link anywhere and observe that the URL has been trimmed (in this example, the string ?tpcc=TechCrunchPlusTwitter was removed).

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Basically, using Brave’s own example:

if you use “copy link address” you get “…fmarier.org/query-filter/?fbclid=1234”
if you use “copy clean link” you get “…fmarier.org/query-filter/”

The query string is filtered to remove sensible parameters.

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Thanks a lot, @Mattches. I see now how it works in the example in your post, but I was right-clicking on links in text (articles, etc.) – not on already copied-&-pasted URL’s in the navigation bar (or elsewhere).

With the former, so far I am still seeing no difference between the result of copying the two options with a right-click.

So it appears that the ‘clean’ option is intended to be used after you’ve already pasted a link somewhere – not as an option to get a ‘clean’ link from a right-click in, e.g., an article you’re reading – ?

That is incorrect. It is for use anywhere one would find a link. Whether it’s a hyperlink in an article, a URL in the address bar or literally anywhere else, the Copy clean link feature can be used and will function in the exact same way.

If you are not seeing any difference between the link you copied (using Copy clean link) and what gets pasted afterwards, then that means there was nothing to “clean”/trim in the link.

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@mattches OK, got it now. Thanks.

I’ve been truncating Twitter URL’s manually for a while. I just assumed the added character ‘strings’ were being used for user tracking by Twitter.

I see now that if ‘Copy clean’ is applied to those URL’s it does the same.

I do, however, only rarely see any URL’s that have extraneous strings. I’m not sure I’ve run across any except on Twitter.