Almost all of us now utilise digital cameras for our photography. Many will then upload the images to their PCs and manipulate them, either by editing the images, renaming or moving them around.
As a result we are often left with duplicate images spread across various folders. This can eat up valuable disk space but also make it difficult to manage our photo collections. Easy Duplicate Finder can help you with this, even better is that it is free for home users.
To show it in action I have created a folder called Images and I’ve placed 89 images inside. I then created two folders; one containing ten duplicate images and the other five duplicate images that have had the filename changed.
The first thing to do is to download and install the program from www.easyduplicatefinder.com
Click on download to install and follow through the various windows that pop up entering Next-Accept-Next-Next-Next-Install-Finish
The tool will now be installed and icon will appear on your PC desktop. Click on this to open (or select Run from the pop up window if still open).
You now need to tell the tool what folders you want to search for duplicate images. This will vary by user but in most cases will be your user folder or your pictures folder. For this example I will use the Images folder I created for this test.
- Click Add Folder
- Select the folder/s you want to search
- Click Start Scan
EasyDuplicateFinder will now search those folders. In the result shown it has analysed the test folder and found 15 duplicate images. Ten of these that had the same file name and five that had been renamed. The latter is especially useful.
The final stage is to click on Go Fix Them and you will be shown a summary of the results.
You can export this list to a file for printing out or you can register EasyDuplicateFinder to delete the duplicates from within the tool (registration costs around £30)