How to Find Duplicate Images & Pictures
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.
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."
Confirm the File Name is "WindowsXP-KB838079-SupportTools-ENU.exe" and click the "Continue" button. Allow the Service Pack to download.
Launch the "Dupfinder.exe" program by clicking "Start," "Run," typing "dupfinder" and clicking "OK."
Highlight the folders or albums where the duplicate images and pictures are located and click the "Start Search" button.
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.
Delete the images or pictures, if necessary, by choosing the duplicates, right-clicking the selection and choosing "Delete" from the pop-up menu.
Launch a Web browser and download a free duplicate image finder application.
Download "MoleskinSoft Clone Remover," for example. It is supported by Windows Vista and 7.
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.
Double-click the "Clone Remover" program. Choose the radio button that corresponds to "Find duplicate files" and click "Next."
Click the "Filter..." button if you wish to specify a certain folder within your system, then click "Next."
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.
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."
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.
References & Resources
- Tech Republic: Remove Clutter with Windows XP SP2's Duplicate Finder Tool
- Windows Microsoft: Eliminate Duplicate Files
- Microsoft Download Center: Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Tools
- Apple: Duplicate Image Detector
- Moleskinsoft: Duplicate File Finder Software
- Make Use Of: Five Ways To Find Duplicate Image Files On Windows PC