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Here I want to talk about a few options that we have when it comes to deleting or removing our images or media files from Lightroom, and I also want to talk about how we can deal with deleting or removing files by way of some shortcuts. Well, here you can see in my Library that I have a few photographs that I captured of my daughter Annika. I captured these one morning when we're going for a hike. We have this photograph here, hammock06, and then also this one, hammock05. Well, I've decided that I want to get rid of this photograph. Well, what are my options? Well if we press the Delete on a Mac, or Backspace on Windows, it'll open up this dialog asking us a question: do we want to delete this from disk, or do we just want to remove it from Lightroom? Now, if we choose Remove, what will happen is, is it will remove this image from our Lightroom catalog, yet the image will still be on our hard drive.
We can find that photograph by right-clicking or Control+Clicking on this folder, and then by choosing Show in Finder, or Show in Explorer. Then if we go to that particular location -- in this case, this People folder -- you can see that we still have hammock05 there on the hard drive. Well let's say that after having removed this image, we've decided that we actually want to re-import this into Lightroom. How can we bring this photograph back? Well we can do that by going to the folder, and then by right-clicking or Control+clicking, and choosing Synchronize Folder.
Here it will tell us that there is one folder which is missing. We'll click Synchronize. It will bring that image back, so that if we click on our People folder, we can see, here it is. Well, how can we remove our images, perhaps, even more quickly? Well to remove our images more quickly, you can hold down the Option key on a Mac, or Alt key on Windows, and then press the Delete key. What that will do is automatically remove that image from the Lightroom Catalog without showing you that dialog.
Again, that's Option+Delete on a Mac, or Alt+Backspace on Windows. All right, so we've removed that here from the Library, but let's say that we've decided we want to bring it back. Again, we can right-click or Control+click, choose Synchronize Folder, and then Synchronize to bring the image back, and then click on People to show that image again. All right, well so far we've looked at a couple of techniques that we can use for removing an image from Lightroom. Well what about deleting the image so that it's gone forever, so that we can move it to the Recycling Bin on Windows, or the Trash Can on the Mac operating system.? Well to do that, we can press Delete, or Backspace, and then click on the option Delete from Disk.
Or we can use a shortcut to do this as well. Here let's go ahead and click Cancel, and let's take a look at the shortcut for deleting an image, and moving it to the Recycling Bin or the Trash Can. On Mac, you'll press Command+Option+ Shift+Delete. On Windows you'll press Control+Alt+Shift+Backspace. So let's go ahead and press that shortcut. Here I'll press Command+Option+Shift+ Delete. That will then not only remove that image from the Lightroom Catalog, but it also will delete it, and move it to the Recycling Bin, or the Trash Can.
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