Generating gerbers without NFPs?

NFPs or Non-Functional-Pads are often removed for SI reasons (reduces via capacitance). Other reasons are also in play. Typically you would handle NFPs either in a pad-stack-editor at the layout level or simply suppress them when generating gerbers.

I am all for the simple solution of suppressing NFPs when generating gerbers. I know of no good reasons to keep the NFPs. Especially once you start removing some of them.

What is the simplest way to do this in KiCAD?

Right click on pad → Properties → General [Tab] → Copper layers: [Drop down list] → choose “connected layers only”

Is that what you are thinking of?
I don’t know if it is possible to set this as a general setting for pads. At least it can be done for individual through holes.

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