I'm an admitted rookie so please be kind. I manged somehow to duplicate my entire photo catalog. Is there a way to safely delete duplicate photos in Lightroom 5.6? I'll appreciate all the help I can get. Note: I'm transitioning from Elements 9 which also has the duplicates, of course. Thanks
Sargenta1, Thanks for responding. I know this will sound bad but I'm not exactly sure what I did to cause the duplicates. There does appear to be two copies of My Catalog both with the same date and time but one shows 344 KB and the other shows 412 KB. Looking at my library/catalog/all photographs it is showing the duplicates and a total of 12,134 pics. I've taken a lot of pictures but probably only half that number.
Thanks again for responding. I hope you can help this rookie.
It sounds like somehow you may have duplicated all of your pictures. Right click on a photo and select "Show in Explorer". Then do the same for the duplicate. Is one something like "photo123.jpg" and another photo123-copy.jpg"? That would be a pretty sure sign you have duplicates, and you might be able to filter them out based on filename.
I'll check it out but not quite sure how to delete the duplicates by filename.
You can search in Lightroom by filename, so you could search for everything that had "copy" in the name (for example) and then delete them.
Note that I wouldn't delete anything the first time. I would create a new folder within the Lightroom folder view, called something like Duplicates. Then (again, within Lightroom), move the files you find into that new folder. Then you can delete the files from Lightroom (but not from your computer). That will organize both Lightroom and the files on your computer, and lower the risk that you mistakenly delete a file you don't want to.