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Preferably in a more idiomatic kind of way.

I was thinking 'chaff', as in 'to separate the wheat from the chaff' (to separate the important details from the unnecessary ones), but am I right in thinking that that's used more in terms of people?

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    Yes, but it's also fine used in your context. Commented Nov 24, 2017 at 14:37

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The minutiae is one possibility:

the minutiae noun [ plural ]

small and often not important details:

  • The committee studied the minutiae of the report for hours.
  • Comedy is so often based on the minutiae of everyday life.

Cambridge Dictionary

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Superfluous

adjective

unnecessary, especially through being more than enough.

The purchaser should avoid asking for superfluous information

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