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Now that we know quite a bit about how we can add flags, stars, or labels by way of a shortcut, here what I want to do is share with you an advanced tip that I use literally every time that I'm working on organizing my images, especially after a photo shoot, when I'm looking to separate the keepers from those photographs which aren't. You know, what always happens is there are those photographs which I definitely know that I want to delete. I want to get rid of them, because they're not working at all. And I've decided that this image is one of those, because after having looked at it, I've realized it isn't sharp.
So this image isn't going to work for me. I want to delete it; I want to trash it. Well here what you can do is press the X key in order to set this image as rejected. You could then go through all of your photographs, and set all of the pictures as rejected, and then after you've done that, you can press this shortcut key command: on a Mac you press Command+Delete, on Windows you press Control+Backspace, and this will open up this dialog. It says, hey, do you want to delete the rejected master photo from your disk, or just remove it from Lightroom? Delete moves the files to the Finder's Trash, or to the Recycling can, and it removes it from Lightroom.
In other words, this is like getting rid of this file completely; is that what we want to do? Well, definitely. And if that was the case with this photograph, we'd simply click on Delete from Disk. And what's great about this is if you go through your photographs, and if you press that X key to add that set as rejected rating on those photographs, you can have a whole set of pictures which you can get rid of really quickly, because what can happen is, in digital capture we shoot too much, right? Yet we have all of these images that were hanging onto which we don't need to keep, but those files are taking up a lot of space on our hard drives.
By using this shortcut combination it allows us to get rid of these files really quickly in order to free up some space on our hard drives.
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