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Delete photos from an iPhoto album and library Apps
If you want to remove a photo from a specific album and from the entire library at the same time, all you have to to is:
  1. Select the photo
  2. Hold down Command and Option, then press Delete.
This also works in iTunes, as discussed in the comments to this iTunes hint. Just make sure you really want the photo to be removed, as once you use this tip, the photo is gone for good.
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Delete photos from an iPhoto album and library
Authored by: timstringer on Sep 03, '04 09:29:29AM

Great tips thanks! I've always wondered if this was possible.



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Delete photos from an iPhoto album and library
Authored by: bdegroodt on Sep 03, '04 10:41:00AM

Oh man! Thank you for this. It's been driving me nuts lately. Between the album, the thumbnails and the actual original image, I knew there had to be some way of purging the files.



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Delete photos from an iPhoto album and library
Authored by: adrianm on Sep 04, '04 03:53:37AM

This keystroke is listed in "Help -> Keyboard Shortcuts" as Command-Option-Delete.

Next time something is 'driving you nuts', RTFM.

Peace and happiness will invariably return.

Or just wait 6 months plus for someone to 'discover' it here.



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Delete photos from an iPhoto album and library
Authored by: alxalx on Jan 22, '05 04:07:14PM

Unfortunately, this hint doesn't seem to work anymore under iPhoto 5!!!



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Delete photos from an iPhoto 5 album and library
Authored by: rdgardner on Feb 05, '05 06:12:22PM

Yes, this seems to be gone in iPhoto 5. The iLife designers seem to have decided that no one wants to permanently delete photos or music. However, you can permanently delete from the library from within a Smart Album, just not from within a regular album.

After searching the Apple forums I have two suggestions for how to delete from both an album and library. Which one you choose depends on how many photos need to be deleted and how they're organized. If you have just a handful these techniques may still be more effort than they're worth.

1- You can permanently delete all photos in an album by creating a Smart Album where Album is the album you want to delete. Select all the photos in that Smart Album and delete. Then delete both the Smart Album and the original album.

2- Create a keyword such as "To Trash" (or use an existing one that doesn't have any photos assigned to it). Assign that keyword to the photos you wish to delete. (An easy way to do this is to open the keyword pane and drag the photos onto the keyword.) Switch to the library and display all photos with that keyword (by clicking the keyword in the keyword pane). Select All and delete.

Don't forget to empty the trash so you can recover the disk space (it's now in the iPhoto menu).



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Keyboard Shortcuts
Authored by: googoo on Sep 03, '04 11:55:04AM

The Keyboard Shortcuts option under the Help menu lists this and many other useful keystrokes.

-Mark



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Delete photos from an iPhoto album and library
Authored by: discordantus on Sep 03, '04 02:44:30PM

Very nice :) It always bugged me that I had to search out the photo in the full library view just to delete it.



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Not Gone for Good!
Authored by: googoo on Sep 03, '04 03:52:50PM

It is not true that this action causes the photo to be "gone for good." The photo is moved from the library to the Trash (the iPhoto Trash album, not the Finder Trash). It remains in the trash until you empty it (under the File menu).

-Mark



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why include "command?"
Authored by: allanBook on Sep 03, '04 08:14:12PM

I delete photos from inside an album while also removing them from the library by selecting them and using "option + delete"

Why do you have to press "command" as well? it deletes from the album as well as the library without "command"

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why include "command?"
Authored by: Unsoluble on Sep 06, '04 05:55:40PM
Not sure which version of iPhoto you're using, but that definitely doesn't work in 4.0.3. Using just Option-Delete does work in iTunes -- I use that all the time -- but whenever I try to do the same in iPhoto it doesn't do the trick. Gotta hold down Command, too.

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Delete photos from an iPhoto album and library
Authored by: xoslu on Sep 07, '04 02:21:33PM

I own IPhoto since the early versions and have deleted pix from the library by just hitting "delete". So they still exist in the database, taking space. How could I rebuild the library and delete for good those pix. Or does anybody know a convenient way of deleting those pictures from the database without having to research them one by one?



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Delete photos from an iPhoto album and library
Authored by: dr_turgeon on Sep 07, '04 04:39:45PM

Create smart-folder showing pics that are not in any library.



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Delete photos from an iPhoto album and library
Authored by: dr_turgeon on Sep 07, '04 04:42:24PM

above post should read ... not in any "album."



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Delete photos from an iPhoto album and library
Authored by: xoslu on Sep 07, '04 07:44:24PM

That's brilliantly simple ;-)
Thanks a lot!



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Delete photos from an iPhoto album and library
Authored by: dandersahn on Jan 14, '05 11:29:22PM

I don't seem to have this option at all :( Is this feature only available in iPhoto 4?? I'm using iPhoto 2.01



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Delete photos from an iPhoto album and library
Authored by: melissab on Apr 11, '11 09:21:15PM

How do you create a smart folder in iphoto with pictures that are not in any album?



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