Camera Photos Pictures

Dear Computer Lady,

How do I get rid of all the unwanted pictures that have been put on my computer?

These pic’s are of family members and I have way to many of them.

Please help me with my computer.

Thanx, Mary

Dear Mary,

In this age of digital cameras, it is all to easy to accumulate many photos on your computer. While many of these pictures can be priceless, I have seen my share of folders full of pictures of the sky, or grass, or blurry practice photos.

You didn’t specify if you wanted to get rid of All the pictures on your computer, or just specific photos that you didn’t want, so I will give you directions for both.

To get rid of all the pictures on your computer, just find the folders that contain the photos, right click on the folder, and click “Delete” in the context menu that appears. This will get rid of the folder and all the photos contained in that folder.

If you want to go through the pictures and choose which photos you want to keep and which ones you want to delete, you will need to open the folder to view the individual photos.

When you double click on a folder to open it, you want to be using a view that allows you to see a thumbnail image of each picture without actually opening the photos. To do this, click on the “View” menu and select either “Large Icons” or “Extra Large Icons”.

Now that you can see your pictures, click once on the first one you want to delete, then hold down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard and click once on each additional picture that you want to delete. When you have selected a few pictures, press the “Delete” key on your keyboard to delete all the highlighted pictures.

Repeat this process until you have deleted all the pictures you want to get rid of in that folder, and then move on to the next folder full of pictures.

I hope this helps you clean out your computer.


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    • joubaur
    • July 22, 2013

    A much better way to sort out the pictures you want to get rid of is this:
    I open the folder I’m working on and create a new folder inside it which I name “Delete.” Then I put all the pictures I want to delete into it and when I’m finished, I delete it.

    Also, if I’m interrupted I won’t forget to delete the “Delete” file later.

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