How to Avoid Duplicate Images on Your Computer
Seeing double is very rarely a sign of anything good.
While this isn’t a hard and fast rule, it holds up when it comes to duplicate images on your computer. Sure, duplicates aren’t going to cause specific issues, but they’re certainly going to take up unnecessary space.
Since you might not even realize that you have duplicates lurking around, the best option is to avoid them in the first place.
Why Duplicates Happen
It’s hard to pinpoint a single reason that you might be seeing duplicate images on your computer, because there are a multitude of possibilities. Duplicates can occur if you accidentally import a photo more than once, if you get impatient while your computer transfers them, or if you download the same folder a number of times, just for a few examples.
Luckily, a lot of possible causes means a lot of possible ways to avoid duplicate images as well.
Cutting Down on The Doubles
Avoiding duplicate images won’t add much time to your photo organizing routine, but will ensure you’re not seeing multiples too often. Some of the easiest ways to avoid duplicates are:
- Delete photos from your memory card after you import them to your computer. This will ensure you don’t accidentally upload them again later.
- After you edit an image, go back and delete the original, assuming you don’t need it. Your computer more than likely automatically saves the original version rather than updating it with your edits.
- Try to keep each import in a distinct album, and look through them occasionally to make sure you haven’t doubled up on any photos.
- Rename your photos after they’re imported so an unnamed duplicate will stick out immediately.
These simple habits won’t require much extra work on your part, but will almost certainly decrease the number of duplicate images cluttering your computer.