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Macworld: Taking Out iPhoto’s Trash

The June Macworld features a Mac 911 section Q and A on dealing with iPhoto’s trash and unless you are the biggest Mac geek ever (cough macgirl) I highly suggest you check it out. Here's more:

Q: Recently, I went through more than 2,000 photos in my iPhoto library and deleted the not-so-good ones in order to free up a little space on my hard drive. Alas, when I went to the Trash to empty it, none of the deleted photos were there. It seems that while I deleted them from the library, they are still buried somewhere on the hard drive. Where?—Gary Patterson

A: As you’ve discovered, your deleted iPhoto images don’t appear in the Finder’s Trash. Instead, you’ll find them in iPhoto’s own Trash. To truly remove iPhoto images from your hard drive, select the images that you want to delete from your iPhoto library and press the delete key on your Mac’s keyboard. This transfers the pictures to iPhoto’s Trash, which you’ll find at the bottom of the Source list. To really get rid of the images, control-click on iPhoto’s Trash icon and choose Empty Trash (see “Empty iPhoto’s Trash”). This gets rid of the images for good.

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Join The Conversation
AutumnWind AutumnWind 10 years
thanks for the tip, even though I've been doing this for forever now.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
aha! so that's where the end up!
GIOVS GIOVS 10 years
tnx for the tip!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
That's a great tip, most people don't know that and they fill their hard drives up really fast and don't know why!
a-geek a-geek 10 years
macgirl, you ain't kidding. entourage goes nuts around the sugar macbooks with all the deleted items. What a pain! :)
AzureLuna AzureLuna 10 years
I've always liked that feature. It's good to know that iPhoto takes care of all photos, just like iTunes takes care of my music...etc.
macsugar macsugar 10 years
;) hey macgirl. you're my favorite mac geek!
macgirl macgirl 10 years
*cough, here I am* ;-) You'd be surprised how many people don't know to delete their regular trash or store things in there that isn't really trash! Same thing in Mail/Entourage with deleted mail. I come across people with 25,000 deleted emails sitting in the deleted folder... "You mean I have to delete it twice?"
Tech Tech 10 years
I thought it was, but when I polled a couple people they didn't realize their photos were in their iPhoto trash!
dali137 dali137 10 years
was this really not obvious?
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