Multiple Pictures and Copying

Dear Computer Lady,

When I look at my picture in Windows Photo gallery, I find that where I had one copy of a picture, I may have 6 or 8, sometimes 50 of one shot. 

I have run a full scan with my virus program and it found nothing.

I have Vista Home Premium. I have tried to delete them, but there are too many to do one at a time.

I tried to make a back up of my Embroideries. I had about a 100 in one and it came up with 580??

I really don’t know what is going on.

Can you or someone else tell me how to stop it?? Florence


Dear Florence,

There are viruses out there that will just make duplicates of your files until the entire hard drive is full, so you were smart to run a virus scan right off.

Your question is a fairly common one, and I must admit that it had me stumped for a very long time. Then, one day I was watching as a customer of mine tried to move some files around on her computer, and I realized what was happening.

Since the day that I figured out what was happening when my customer tried to drag her files to make copies, I have seen many others with the same problem, and every one of them turned out to be having the same problem.

Based on these observations, I am guessing that this is probably the same issue you are having. It is a little bit hard to explain in writing, so please bear with me as I try to explain.

Most people when they are moving, or deleting files, are dragging them to the recycle bin, or whatever folder they want to move them to. Lets imagine that you have selected one or more files and you are beginning to drag the files to another location. As you start to drag the files, your finger on the mouse relaxes just enough for the mouse button to release and you “drop” the files. No problem, you think, I’ll just start over again and drag the files to where I want them to go.

The problem is, when you “dropped” the files, the computer automatically made a copy of every file that you dropped. You probably couldn’t even see the new files, since they would be added to the bottom of the list of files below the visible section of your window. This is what the computer is programmed to do. I’m guessing that the programmers at Microsoft originally thought that this would be a quick and easy way to make a copy of one or more files.

I hope this helps you with your file management.


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