How to Find Duplicate Images & Pictures

By Emilio Alvarez

Finding duplicate images and pictures can be accomplished through built-in utilities or third-party applications. Using Windows Explorer or Mac's Finder can be a simple method when the duplicate image files share the same name. However, if you are dealing with a high number of images and these are not sharing the same file names, this approach can be considerably lengthy. Downloading free third-party applications can be an efficient way of finding any type of duplicate images regardless of the file name.

Windows XP

Step 1

Navigate to the Microsoft Download Center website, type "Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Tools" in the "Search" field and press "Enter." This free service pack contains a duplicate finder program called "dupfinder.exe."

Step 2

Confirm the File Name is "WindowsXP-KB838079-SupportTools-ENU.exe" and click the "Continue" button. Allow the Service Pack to download.

Step 3

Launch the "Dupfinder.exe" program by clicking "Start," "Run," typing "dupfinder" and clicking "OK."

Step 4

Highlight the folders or albums where the duplicate images and pictures are located and click the "Start Search" button.

Step 5

Click one of the available actions available in the user interface. Click "Print Report" or "Export Data" to create a record of the duplicates. Click the "Sort" option located in the "View" menu to view in the files in order.

Step 6

Delete the images or pictures, if necessary, by choosing the duplicates, right-clicking the selection and choosing "Delete" from the pop-up menu.

Duplicate Finders

Step 1

Launch a Web browser and download a free duplicate image finder application.

Step 2

Download "MoleskinSoft Clone Remover," for example. It is supported by Windows Vista and 7.

Step 3

Double-click the downloaded setup file and click "Run" at the "Open File - Security Warning" dialog box. Complete the setup process and allow for the program to be installed. An icon will be placed on your desktop.

Step 4

Double-click the "Clone Remover" program. Choose the radio button that corresponds to "Find duplicate files" and click "Next."

Step 5

Click the "Filter..." button if you wish to specify a certain folder within your system, then click "Next."

Step 6

Highlight a drive or directory where you wish search for duplicate images or pictures by clicking the corresponding check box. Click "Next" and allow for the search of duplicates to complete. A list of all duplicate images and pictures will display.

Step 7

Highlight the duplicate files you wish to delete, move or copy and click "Next." Choose the radio button that corresponds to the action you want to take -- "Delete," "Move" or "Copy" -- and click "Next."

Step 8

Click a location where to move or copy the files, if you choose this option. Click "Next" and "Exit" if you choose to delete the duplicates.