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Solved when trying to delete them why do my pictures keeping copyin

December 31, 2012 at 21:00:27
Specs: Windows XP

While trying to delete a bunch of pictures in MY Pictures folders they keep recopying them over and over again. For each picture I try to delete I get a new copy eg: copy 2, copy e, etc. How do just delete the ones I don't want without have them multiply over and over again? Thanks for you help. I use Windows XP Home Edition

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January 2, 2013 at 09:06:09

I think you somehow dragged the files into the same folder with the mouse. You can't have identical file names in the same folder so you end up with copies, usually with bracketed numbers at the end of their names. It's quite easy to do by mistake - I've done it myself a time or two.

As for the highlighting keys it is actually very easy once you get the swing of it. Like all things computers, sometimes explaining a simple procedure takes a stack of words.

You can always copy/paste some picture files into a spare folder then play around with highlighting to get the hang of it. That way it won't matter if you accidentally delete any of them. It's a well known and popular method and I know of nothing else which is half so useful.

Don't worry too much about the Copy/Paste/Delete keys I listed, you can use the mouse instead. The most useful one there is Ctrl+V because you can copy things into boxes (long registration keys, passwords etc) that often have no mouse features. It saves typing and getting it wrong LOL.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks



#1
January 1, 2013 at 00:38:59

You probably used the "Ctrl" key with your mouse and did not remove your
finger from the mouse button after selecting a photo. Instead you dragged the file
name downward and this started to make copies.

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#2
January 1, 2013 at 09:11:15

I did use the "ctrl;" button. There must be a better way to delete hundreds of pictures without deleting them individually? I remember this happened several years ago too and I'm sure there was an any easy around this. Thanks for replying.

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#3
January 1, 2013 at 14:10:40

Obviously you first have to highlight the picture files. For this you use the left click.

One click highlights just one file.

Left click then Ctrl+A will highlight All Files.

Left click then Shift key will highlight the end of a potential block. Doing this on another file will highlight all files between the end points.

Left click and Ctrl key will add or subtract files from a selection (depending on whether they were already highlighted or not).

Once the ones you are interested in are highlighted you use right click on any one of them to delete (or whatever). There are keys for this too:

Ctrl+C = Copy,
Ctrl+V = Paste,
Ctrl+X = Delete.

This is straight off the top of my head so if you need more info shout back.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
January 1, 2013 at 20:25:06

Derek: I appreciate the answer but I must tell you it sounds like a confusing way to delete those pix. I'm not the most tech savvy senior around and I've always found that using hotkeys to do things just don't compute with my senior brain. I wish I could remember how I resolved this issue several years ago to stop it from multiplying pictures and files over and over again - I do know it had nothing to do with using hotkeys or any other keys for that matter. I'll try to give your way of deleting them a try and see how it works out for me..
Hopefully someone knows an easy fix to keep this from happening in the first place.
Thanks - appreciate the support

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#5
January 2, 2013 at 09:06:09
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I think you somehow dragged the files into the same folder with the mouse. You can't have identical file names in the same folder so you end up with copies, usually with bracketed numbers at the end of their names. It's quite easy to do by mistake - I've done it myself a time or two.

As for the highlighting keys it is actually very easy once you get the swing of it. Like all things computers, sometimes explaining a simple procedure takes a stack of words.

You can always copy/paste some picture files into a spare folder then play around with highlighting to get the hang of it. That way it won't matter if you accidentally delete any of them. It's a well known and popular method and I know of nothing else which is half so useful.

Don't worry too much about the Copy/Paste/Delete keys I listed, you can use the mouse instead. The most useful one there is Ctrl+V because you can copy things into boxes (long registration keys, passwords etc) that often have no mouse features. It saves typing and getting it wrong LOL.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
January 2, 2013 at 13:54:51

Derek: You have been very patent and concise in your answers to my inquiry so thank you so much. I really appreciated the help.

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#7
January 2, 2013 at 16:37:16

Thanks - glad to have helped.


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