Re: my comp creates numerous copies of my photos
From: John Inzer (oobie_at_doobie.xyz)
Date: Sat, 22 May 2004 14:09:54 -0400
> Without doing anything, atleast that i'm aware of, my
> computer has copied several of my photos over and over
> again eating up all my hard drive space. I find them and
> they're titled "Copy (36) of photo04" etc. It does this
> without me doing it myself. I have 3% hard drive space,
> so I can't even defragment my computer anymore. I keep
> trying to delete them, but everytime i come back on there
> are another 40 or so copies i didnt see beforehand. Help
Maybe the following info will help:
It happens occasionally to most anyone who
is trying to multiple select by holding the Ctrl
or Shift key while left clicking to select the
The copies are created when you fail to
completely release the mouse button before
you move the pointer to another file. If a group
of selected files is dragged...even the slightest
bit...the next mouse click will produce copies
of all the previously highlighted files.
It's somewhat easier if you have your Folder
Options set to Single Click...this way you can
select/deselect a file with just a mouse over
and you don't have to click. For multiples you
still have to hold...Ctrl or Shift.
No click...no drag...no copy...maybe that's
How to search for and delete unwanted "copies"
of your image files.
Open the folder that the images are saved in and
left click the "Search" button on your toolbar.
(If you are viewing the files from within an editing
program and do not know where the folder is...right
click one of the image files and from the menu...
choose...Properties. The path to the folder will be
on the "General" tab at "Location".)
In the search pane...select..."All files and folders"
In the "All or part of the file name" field...enter...
(Yes. you need the asterisk.)
Now...left click the "Search" button.
When the search is complete...go to...Edit / Select All...
Then go to...File / Delete.
You will see a dialog box asking you if you are sure
you wish to delete the files...click Yes.
Now...left click the "Back" button on your toolbar.
Now the remaining files should be your originals.
If you deleted the wrong files...recover them from
your recycle bin now.
That's it, good luck.
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